The struggles of COVID-19 long haulers have caught the attention of the medical community. In many cases, symptoms seem to correlate with a little-known condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). But, even before the pandemic called attention to POTS, research and advancements in treatment were taking place in the background. Unfortunately, while the research is out there, POTS is not always understood by health providers, and proper diagnosis can take years.
Occupational therapy has a potentially significant role to play in the lives of both POTS patients and COVID-19 long haulers.
In this month’s hour-long podcast episode, we are luckily enough to talk to POTS researcher and practicing clinician, Emily Rich. We discuss what we do and don’t know about POTS, as well as the strategies you can use to help these patients get the most out of life.
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Here's the primary research we are discussing:
Emily M. Rich, Asha Vas, Valerie Boyette & Carol Hollingsworth (2020) Daily Life Experiences: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications for Therapy in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Occupational Therapy In Health Care, DOI: 10.1080/07380577.2020.1824303
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