Although many people recover quickly from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, others who recover may continue to experience symptoms for months. Researchers are still determining the cause of these extended symptoms, but some COVID-19 “long-haulers” may actually be dealing with a known condition, called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. This condition, also called POTS, affects involuntary nervous system functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure, usually upon standing from a reclining position.
Tae Chung, M.D., is a neuromuscular specialist and rehabilitation physician, and director of the Johns Hopkins POTS Program. He explains what we know about post-COVID POTS and how to go about getting a diagnosis.