POTS Walk and 5k Race takes place along the scenic Mystic River in Medford, MA. The starts and ends at the Mystic River Bend Reservation located next to Hormel Stadium. Proceeds from this event will benefit Dysautonomia International in the support of POTS research. With permission from her family, the POTS Walk and 5K Race is held in memory of Christina Tournant, a beautiful, intelligent, driven young woman who developed POTS at age 15 (learn more here).
POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, which is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating many systems in our bodies including heart rate and blood pressure. When POTS patients stand upright their body is unable to regulate heart rate and blood pressure properly. This leads to an abnormal increase in heart rate. Because the autonomic nervous system is responsible for controlling many bodily functions, POTS brings along a whole host of other symptoms including nausea, fatigue, sweating, lightheadedness, tremors etc.
POTS is estimated to effect approximately 1-3 million Americans, mostly young women. Despite its prevalence, most people have never heard of POTS. Even most doctors are unfamiliar with POTS, which makes getting a diagnosis and proper treatment extremely difficult. There is little that doctors understand about POTS and a tragic lack of funding for ongoing research. There is no standard treatment or cure for POTS. Patients are advised to drink a lot of water, consume a lot of salt, and exercise as much as they can tolerate.
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