What is POTS

  • Symptoms:People with POTS experience higher heart rates than normal when standing in an upright position, causing dizziness and fainting upon standing. Other symptoms vary in severity and include:
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Headaches
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Feelings of hot or cold
    • Vision changes
    • Sweating, flushing and color changes in the legs
    • Chest pain
    • Mood changes and weakness in the legs

    Early diagnosis and treatment can help ease often painful symptoms.

  • Cause: The cause is unknown but believed to be imbalances in nerves that control blood flow. Often times, POTS is triggered by acute illness, intestinal viral infection, mono, injuries, weight loss or major surgery.
  • At-risk: The condition is more common in females than males and the majority of cases occur between 15 – 20 years of age. Often times POTS is found in healthy, high-achieving (successful in school, athletics, etc.) people who are often flexible or double jointed. POTS is a complicated disorder that is hard to diagnose and treat. It is often confused with forms of depression and other neural disorders.
  • Treatment: the first line of treatment is large amounts of fluid, increased salt intake, exercise, a good support system and medication, usually beta blockers. POTS is a treatable condition for teenagers and many grow out of POTS within months to years.
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How to participate/what people can do:

  • Learn about POTS and share what you know about the disease and Lucas’ story with anyone that may be impacted directly or know someone who is.
  • Participate in the tournament and related activities.
  • Donate to or purchase from the Silent Auction during the tournament.
  • Donate to or purchase raffle tickets for the February 10 drawing.
  • Donate directly to the Lucas Decker Foundation.