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Kristen’s battle

VIDEO: Rogers High swimmer learning to live with rare illness

By Alexander Nicoll

This article was published June 4, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.

Kristen Stalder, a Rogers High junior, refuses to let her illness keep her from the pool, as she practiced Thursday with the Northwest Arkansas Aquatics Sharks at the Bentonville Community Center.

What is POTS?

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome affects an estimated 1,000,000-3,000,000 million Americans.

• 1 in 100 teenagers are believed to have POTS.

• Eighty percent of people afflicted with POTS are women of childbearing age (15-50).

• People more susceptible to POTS are Caucasians, high achievers, females and people who are flexible/double-jointed. vSymptoms include fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, nausea, diminished concentration, tremulousness (shaking), syncope (fainting), coldness or pain in the extremities, chest pain and shortness of breath.

• Salt, fluids and daily exercise

are the best treatment options for POTS

Information provided by the Mayo Clinic and Dysautonomia International.

ROGERS — In the corner of a brightly lit kitchen, pill bottles cast a shadow onto the countertop, much like the shadow that mirrors Kristen Stalder’s illness.

What is POTS?

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome affects an estimated 1,000,000-3,000,000 million Americans.

• 1 in 100 teenagers are believed to have POTS.

• Eighty percent of people afflicted with POTS are women of childbearing age (15-50).

• People more susceptible to POTS are Caucasians, high achievers, females and people who are flexible/double-jointed. vSymptoms include fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, nausea, diminished concentration, tremulousness (shaking), syncope (fainting), coldness or pain in the extremities, chest pain and shortness of breath.

• Salt, fluids and daily exercise

are the best treatment options for POTS

Information provided by the Mayo Clinic and Dysautonomia International.

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