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Volume 49 - Number 4
July/August 2023

Parental Perceptions of and Stress Related to Nurses' Understanding of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Alana Cluck, Ki Cole, Mary Malaska, and Tyler Kane

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is when a heart rate increases greater than 30 beats per minute when moving from a supine to upright position. Signs of POTS include orthostatic intolerance and autonomic dysfunction. Children and adolescents with POTS must display an increase in heart rate of at least 40 beats/minute for diagnosis. POTS presents unique challenges to patients, patient caregivers, and health care providers. The purpose of this study was to look at the stress of parents of children with POTS and its relationship to their perception of care provided by registered nurses.