Heart Disease Community
How much tachycardia is normal when standing? Do I have POTS?
About This Community:

A community of people with Heart Disease to guide and support your heart-health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, nutrition, and management.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

How much tachycardia is normal when standing? Do I have POTS?

I am a 36 year old male. I have lightheadedness and dizziness that happens when I stand up after lying down. At first I thought it might be orthostatic hypotension and I started taking my blood pressure and pulse before and after I got up.

The blood pressure actually goes up slightly. I feel my heart racing and pounding in my chest when I get up though. On the 7 times I checked it, my pulse went up 32, 46, 38, 44, 49, 34, and 31 beats immediately from lying down to standing.

The pulse increase of greater than 30 beats only lasts for the first 2 minutes or so, but then it starts dropping below the 30 extra beats after that. Within 5-10 minutes, I feel a little less dizzy and the pulse is about 15-20 beats higher than lying down.

Question 1: Is a 30 to 50 beat increase in pulse a normal response to standing up or do I have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) or something else?

Question 2: If this is not normal, what other conditions besides POTS could cause a rise in the pulse like this?

Question 3: Does the 30+ increase in pulse have to be sustained for more than 2 minutes for a POTS diagnosis?

Please help! Thank you for your time.
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
11548417_tn?1431627317
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled commented on Foods You’re Throwing...
Jun 30
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled commented on Burn Belly Fat with T...
Jun 30
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
aauntamy commented on photo
Jun 29
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
11548417_tn?1431627317
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway