What is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an autonomic disorder that often develops in teenagers, although younger children have been known to be diagnosed as well. This condition is a shift in the volume of blood throughout your body, which occurs when one stands up from a lying or sitting position.

Those diagnosed with POTS often experience migraines, poor sleep, nausea, general aches and pains, and brain fog. We've setup a video series to help those diagnosed with POTS to overcome some of these symptoms through lifestyle choices.

Watch the following videos to learn how Children's Wisconsin cares for children with POTS.


Get an understanding of POTS through Julia's story as she provides a snapshot into the life of someone diagnosed with POTS. Gastroenterologist Dr. Gisela Chelimsky walks you through the POTS condition.


One of the first lifestyle choices to make to alleviate POTS symptoms is through your diet. Gastroenterologist Dr. Gisela Chelimsky and Registered Dietician Rebecca Pipkorn explains the dietary changes needed to help alleviate POTS symptoms.


Exercise often eases chronic pain, improves sleep and improves migraines. Gastroenterologist Dr. Gisela Chelimsky provides a couple key exercise solutions to help alleviate POTS conditions

Cognitive behavioral therapy

A key component to treating POTS may be treating the connections in the brain through cognitive behavioral therapy. Gastroenterologist Dr. Gisela Chelimsky and Psychologist Dr. Alan Silverman explain how cognitive therapy works and provides a quick relaxation tool that may help reduce symptoms of POTS.

Julia's story

Watch Julia's story on POTS and how she manages her symptoms and her life through lifestyle changes.

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