or·​tho·​stat·​ic | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈsta-tik How to pronounce orthostatic (audio) \

Definition of orthostatic

: of, relating to, or caused by an upright posture orthostatic hypotension

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Recent Examples on the Web The good news, experts say, is there are protocols and treatments for POTS, which stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "For Covid Long-Haulers, a Little-Known Diagnosis Offers Possible Treatments—and New Challenges," 30 Nov. 2020 Both girls now have a host of problems, including postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which causes a person's heart rate to shoot up upon standing and lead to dizziness or fainting. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Kids struggle with Covid-19 and its months of aftermath," 12 Oct. 2020 The official name for my new heart troubles, as I’ve recently been diagnosed, is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS. Deborah Copaken, The Atlantic, "Did COVID-19 Mess Up My Heart?," 4 Sep. 2020 He was diagnosed with orthostatic intolerance, which prevents him from being able to stand for long periods of time and makes him prone to fainting spells. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The Wiggles singer Greg Page suffers cardiac arrest during Australian bushfires relief concert," 17 Jan. 2020 One possibility is orthostatic tremor, a rare condition that's primarily present when someone is standing, Gupta said. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Merkel says she's taking care of herself. But what should we know about a leader's health?," 12 July 2019 Back in 2011, Mills' health journey began when she was diagnosed at the age of 19 with rare illness postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which compromised her autonomic nervous system and left her with chronic fatigue and digestive issues. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Beginner's Guide to Plant-Based Eating With Deliciously Ella," 15 Sep. 2018 Moriah has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome – a chronic condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, circulatory problems, and in some cases, including hers, chronic fatigue and pain. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 Experts have a name for this fleeting condition: initial orthostatic hypotension (OH). Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Stand Up?," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of orthostatic

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Orthostatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthostatic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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or·​tho·​stat·​ic | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈstat-ik How to pronounce orthostatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of orthostatic

: of, relating to, or caused by erect posture orthostatic hypotension

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