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2022 Oct




A Survey-Based Study Examining Differences in Perception of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Between Patients and Primary Care Physicians.


Introduction Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an underdiagnosed and undertreated dysautonomia. We hypothesize that there are differences between primary care physicians (PCPs) and patients' perceptions of POTS and that correcting these discrepancies may improve patient care.  Methods Two groups were surveyed: Patients who received care for POTS symptoms from a Cleveland Clinic neurologist or nurse practitioner and patients who received care from Cleveland Clinic family medicine or internal medicine physicians.  Results PCPs (81%) rated lightheadedness as the symptom with the most significant negative impact on patient's quality of life with POTS, while patients rated fatigue (32%) as their worst symptom. PCPs were somewhat comfortable managing POTS but were less confident recommending cardiac rehabilitation and daily behavioral measures.  Conclusion PCPs may need to continue review the negative impact of fatigue on the quality of life of POTS patients as well symptoms of body pain and lightheadedness. Although they are relatively comfortable managing POTS, PCPs may benefit from training on several aspects of POTS treatment.