New Research Strengthens Support for Sodium as Tool to Help Manage POTS

New Research Strengthens Support for Sodium as Tool to Help Manage POTS

“Drink water and eat a lot of salt!” has long been the advice given to people living with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Data from a new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), continues to demonstrate this may be an effective approach for symptom management.  For many years, evidence has pointed to sodium as tool to help manage common POTS symptoms of low blood pressure, dizziness and fatigue. Most notably, 1996 research published in Heart showed increased sodium intake could help reduce orthostatic intolerance in patients with unexplained syncope (fainting). It was thus natural to conclude similar outcomes for people living with POTS.  However, the scientific community has lacked research examining the effects of sodium intake on people living with POTS specifically—until now.  Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology  Objective and Methods  In the study, researchers at the Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center enrolled 14 participants who had been formally diagnosed with POTS and 13 control subjects, age 23...
Noah McDermott - Jul 07, 2021
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