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Orthostatic intolerance

Louise Brinth, Kirsten Pors, Jasmina Medic Spahic, Richard Sutton, Artur Fedorowski, Jesper Mehlsen
AIMS: The incidence of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) has grown in recent years. Whether this is an emerging epidemic or increasing recognition is unclear. METHODS: We retrospectively examined 8790 tilt-table tests (HUT) performed between 1997 and 2014 in patients with orthostatic intolerance and/or suspected syncope. Tests were reclassified according to the current diagnostic criteria for POTS. The number of POTS diagnoses in proportion to the number of tilt tests performed per year was calculated...
March 3, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Min Jiang, Qiang Lyu, Yun-Gang Bai, Huan Liu, Jing Yang, Jiu-Hua Cheng, Ming Zheng, Jin Ma
Recent studies have suggested that microgravity-induced arterial remodelling contributes to post-flight orthostatic intolerance and that multiple mechanisms are involved in arterial remodelling. However, the initial mechanism by which haemodynamic changes induce arterial remodelling is unknown. Focal adhesions (FAs) are dynamic protein complexes that have mechanotransduction properties. This study aimed to investigate the role of FAs in simulated microgravity-induced basilar and femoral arterial remodelling...
March 11, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Amy C Arnold, Jessica Ng, Satish R Raj
Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome that has gained increasing interest over the past few decades due to its increasing prevalence and clinical impact on health-related quality of life. POTS is clinically characterized by sustained excessive tachycardia upon standing that occurs in the absence of significant orthostatic hypotension and other medical conditions and or medications, and with chronic symptoms of orthostatic intolerance. POTS represents one of the most common presentations of syncope and presyncope secondary to autonomic dysfunction in emergency rooms and in cardiology, neurology, and primary care clinics...
February 28, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Maria Roma, Colleen L Marden, Inge De Wandele, Clair A Francomano, Peter C Rowe
OBJECTIVE: To review the association between orthostatic intolerance syndromes and both joint hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and to propose reasons for identifying hereditary connective tissue disorders in those with orthostatic intolerance in the context of both clinical care and research. METHODS: We searched the published peer-reviewed medical literature for papers reporting an association between joint hypermobility or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and orthostatic intolerance...
March 5, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Andrew P Owens, David A Low, Hugo D Critchley, Christopher J Mathias
Cognitive and emotional processes are influenced by interoception (homeostatic somatic feedback), particularly when physiological arousal is unexpected and discrepancies between predicted and experienced interoceptive signals may engender anxiety. Due to the vulnerability for comorbid psychological symptoms in forms of orthostatic intolerance (OI), this study investigated psychophysiological contributions to emotional symptomatology in 20 healthy control participants (13 females, mean age 36 ± 8 years), 20 postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) patients (18 females, mean age 38 ± 13 years) and 20 vasovagal syncope (VVS) patients (15 females, mean age 39 ± 12 years)...
January 31, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Jangsup Moon, Do-Yong Kim, Woo-Jin Lee, Han Sang Lee, Jung-Ah Lim, Tae-Joon Kim, Jin-Sun Jun, Byeongsu Park, Jung-Ick Byun, Jun-Sang Sunwoo, Soon-Tae Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Kyung-Il Park, Ki-Young Jung, Manho Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu
Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a form of dysautonomia which presents with complex symptoms including orthostatic intolerance. Several medications are prescribed for POTS; however, the efficacy of sustained medical treatment has not been well-investigated. Here, we conducted a 2 × 2 factorial design, randomized, clinical trial of a 3-month medical treatment regimen in POTS patients. Patients were randomly allocated to 4 treatment groups (Group 1: propranolol; Group 2: bisoprolol; Group 3: propranolol + pyridostigmine; Group 4: bisoprolol + pyridostigmine)...
March 2, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Min Yin Goh, Melinda S Millard, Edmund C K Wong, David J Berlowitz, Marnie Graco, Rachel M Schembri, Douglas J Brown, Albert G Frauman, Christopher J O'Callaghan
STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. OBJECTIVES: To quantify diurnal blood pressure (BP) patterns and nocturnal hypertension and to measure diurnal urine production in people with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI), compared with controls without SCI. SETTING: Chronic SCI population in the community in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Participants were recruited by advertisement, and sustained SCI at least a year prior or were healthy able-bodied volunteers...
March 2, 2018: Spinal Cord
Yhojan Rodríguez, Manuel Rojas, Carolina Ramírez-Santana, Yeny Acosta-Ampudia, Diana M Monsalve, Juan-Manuel Anaya
PURPOSE: To determine if autonomic symptoms are associated with previous Zika virus infection. METHODS: Case-control study including 35 patients with Zika virus infection without evidence of neurological disease and 105 controls. Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction were assessed with the composite autonomic symptom scale 31 (COMPASS-31). RESULTS: Patients with previous Zika virus infection had significantly higher COMPASS-31 score than controls regardless of age and sex (p = 0...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Jacquie Baker, Justin R Paturel, David M Sletten, Phillip A Low, Kurt Kimpinski
OBJECTIVE: To develop a scale to quantify and discriminate orthostatic from non-orthostatic symptoms. In the current study, we present validation and reliability of orthostatic and non-orthostatic symptom scores taken from the orthostatic discriminate and severity scale (ODSS). METHODS: Validity and reliability were assessed in participants with and without orthostatic intolerance. Convergent validity was assessed by correlating symptoms scores with previously validated tools [autonomic symptom profile (ASP) and the orthostatic hypotension questionnaire (OHQ)]...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Mohammed Ruzieh, Blair P Grubb
Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a chronic condition characterized by symptoms of orthostatic intolerance. Pregnancy can cause different physiological changes in cardiovascular parameters, that could have greater impact on POTS patients. In this review, we discuss the management of POTS in the pregnant and obstetric settings.
February 16, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Mary T Fox, Souraya Sidani, Dina Brooks, Hugh McCague
BACKGROUND: Hospitalized older patients spend most of their time in bed, putting them at risk of experiencing orthostatic intolerance. Returning persons to their usual upright activity level is the most effective way to prevent orthostatic intolerance but some older patients have limited activity tolerance, supporting the need for low-intensity activity interventions. Consistent with current emphasis on patient engagement in intervention design and evaluation, this study explored older hospitalized patients' perceived acceptability of, and preference for, two low-intensity early activity interventions (bed-to-sitting and sitting-to-walking), and characteristics (gender, illness severity, comorbidity, illnesses and medications with orthostatic effects, and baseline functional capacity) associated with perceived acceptability and preference...
February 20, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
José M Martín, Catalina Torres, Pilar Cordero, Sara Sánchez, Liria Terradez, Dolores Ramón
Bascule syndrome is a recently described benign vasomotor dermatosis characterized by Bier anemic spots, cyanosis, and urticaria-like eruption. We report a case of a 13-year-old girl with cutaneous lesions consistent with Bascule syndrome who had had three exercise-related syncopal episodes. It would be recommended to exclude orthostatic intolerance or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome when evaluating patients with Bascule syndrome.
February 13, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
Wei Bai, Si-Yao Chen, Hong-Fang Jin, Jun-Bao Du
BACKGROUND: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a form of orthostatic intolerance, and its incidence in children is approximately 6.8% [1]. The pathogenesis of POTS is complex with multiple, overlapping, interacting pathophysiological mechanisms. Although the specific pathogenic mechanism has remained perplexing, with the discovery of various gasotransmitters and biological peptides, the vascular dysfunction has aroused overwhelming attention. DATA SOURCES: On the basis of searching in a wide range of recent original literatures, we reviewed the pathogenesis of vascular dysfunction in children with POTS...
February 6, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Sara Bozzini, Andrea Albergati, Enrica Capelli, Lorenzo Lorusso, Carmine Gazzaruso, Gabriele Pelissero, Colomba Falcone
Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) commonly exhibit orthostatic intolerance. Abnormal sympathetic predominance in the autonomic cardiovascular response to gravitational stimuli was previously described in numerous studies. The aim of the current study was to describe cardiological and clinical characteristics of Italian patients with CFS. All of the patients were of Caucasian ethnicity and had been referred to our center, the Cardiology Department of the University Hospital of Pavia (Pavia, Italy) with suspected CFS...
January 2018: Biomedical Reports
Cheng-Fei Li, Jia-Xing Sun, Yuan Gao, Fei Shi, Yi-Kai Pan, Yong-Chun Wang, Xi-Qing Sun
Individuals exposed to long-term spaceflight often experience cardiovascular dysfunctions characterized by orthostatic intolerance, disability on physical exercise, and even frank syncope. Recent studies have showed that the alterations of cardiovascular system are closely related to the functional changes of endothelial cells. We have shown previously that autophagy can be induced by simulated microgravity in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). However, the mechanism of enhanced autophagy induced by simulated microgravity and its role in the regulation of endothelial function still remain unclear...
February 2, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yoo Hwan Kim, Zephaniah Phillips V, Seung-Ho Paik, Nam-Joon Jeon, Beop-Min Kim, Byung-Jo Kim
The Valsalva maneuver (VM) with beat-to-beat blood pressure and heart rate monitoring are used to evaluate orthostatic intolerance (OI). However, they lack the ability to detect cerebral hemodynamic changes, which may be a cause of OI symptoms. Therefore, we utilized near-infrared spectroscopy during VM. Patients with OI symptoms and normal healthy subjects were recruited. Patients were subgrouped according to VM results: patients with normal VM (NVM) and abnormal VM (AbVM). Oxyhemoglobin (HbO), deoxyhemoglobin, and total hemoglobin changes were measured at four different source-detector distances (SD) (15, 30, 36, and 45 mm), and latency, amplitude, duration, and integrated total signal were calculated...
January 2018: Neurophotonics
Peter C Rowe, Colleen L Marden, Scott Heinlein, Charles C Edwards
BACKGROUND: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a potentially disabling disorder. Little is known about the contributors to severe forms of the illness. We describe three consecutive patients with severe ME/CFS whose symptoms improved after recognition and surgical management of their cervical spinal stenosis. METHODS: All patients satisfied clinical criteria for ME/CFS and orthostatic intolerance, and were later found to have cervical spinal stenosis...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Victoria A Serhiyenko, Alexandr A Serhiyenko
Cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is a serious complication of diabetes mellitus (DM) that is strongly associated with approximately five-fold increased risk of cardiovascular mortality. CAN manifests in a spectrum of things, ranging from resting tachycardia and fixed heart rate (HR) to development of "silent" myocardial infarction. Clinical correlates or risk markers for CAN are age, DM duration, glycemic control, hypertension, and dyslipidemia (DLP), development of other microvascular complications...
January 15, 2018: World Journal of Diabetes
Anthony L Komaroff, Ryosuke Takahashi, Takashi Yamamura, Masanori Sawamura
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is an illness characterized by fatigue lasting for at least six months, post-exertional malaise, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive impairment and orthostatic intolerance. ME/CFS has been a controversial illness because it is defined exclusively by subjective complaints. However, recent studies of neuroimaging as well as analysis of blood markers, energy metabolism and mitochondrial function have revealed many objective biological abnormalities. Specifically, it is suspected that the symptoms of ME/CFS may be triggered by immune activation - either inside or outside the brain - through release of inflammatory cytokines...
January 2018: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Christopher Hazlett, Heather Edgell
Orthostatic intolerance is more common in women than men, and some studies have found that women in the early follicular (EF) phase of the menstrual cycle experience the greatest feelings of lightheadedness. Chemoreflex function while supine or upright was investigated to determine the potential contribution of ventilatory control to these phenomena. Men (n = 13) and women (n = 14) were tested while supine and 70° upright (head-up tilt [HUT]) and given: (1) normoxia or (2) hypercapnia (5% CO2 ). Women were tested during the EF phase (days 2-5) and the midluteal phase (ML; days 18-24)...
January 2018: Physiological Reports
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