Abstract 326: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and its Associated Chronic Pain Symptoms
Background and Purpose: The Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) affects primarily young women. POTS is a form of dysautonomia that is estimated to impact between 1,000,000 and 3,000,000 Americans, and millions more around the world. The symptoms of POTS are widespread because the autonomic nervous system plays an extensive role in regulating functions throughout the body. The aim of this study is to determine the chronic pain symptoms in Postural Orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) patients.
Method: Two hundred fifty-five (255) POTS patients were randomly selected from our clinic (January 2014 to March 2015), reviewed the medical records of 255 POTS patients for chronic pain symptoms and performed data analysis.
Results: Two hundred thirty-three of the 255 (91%) patients are females (n=233, age 29.20 ± 10.32), Twenty-three of the 255 (9%) patients are males (n=23, age 29.70 ± 14.52).63% (161 of the 255) had Joint Pain/aches, 51% (131 of the 255) had Chronic headache, 40% (102 of the 255) had chest pain, 31% (80 of the 255) had Migraine, 30% (76 of the 255) had Chronic back pain,16% (42 of the 255) had Heartburn,8%(20 of the 255) had Chronic pleurisy, Rheumatoid arthritis, Muscle aches, Chronic regional pain syndrome and Hip aches.
Conclusion: Our study is the first to characterize that Patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) have a very high prevalence of chronic pain symptoms.
Author Disclosures: C. Ashangari: None. A. Suleman: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.