Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS): A Panel Discussion

Published: 19 August 2020

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    Part 2 PoTs Sub-Types
    Andrew SP Sharp, Melvin D Lobo, Lesley Kavi, Nick Gall
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    14m 22s
    Part 6 The Future of PoTs
    Nick Gall, Andrew SP Sharp, Lesley Kavi, Melvin D Lobo
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In this six-part video panel discussion, Prof Andrew Sharp meets with an expert panel to moderate discussion on the issues surrounding Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) which is an abnormality of the automatic nervous system (dysautonomia) that results in abnormal heart rate increases upon standing or sitting.


For further information on PoTS, please visit

The panellists have also written a helpful book on PoTS, available on Amazon.

More from this programme

Part 1

Definition, Epidemiology & Diagnosis

Part one sees Prof Lesley Kavi (Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK) discuss the main definitions, epidemiology and diagnosis.

Part 2

PoTs Sub-Types

Part two sees Prof Melvin Lobo (Barts BP Centre of Excellence, UK) discuss the various sub-types and mechanisms of PoTS with particular consideration of neuropathy, hyperadrenergic, and volume dysregulation.

Part 3

Comorbidities in PoTS

Part three sees Dr Nick Gall (King's College, London, UK) discuss the co-morbidities of PoTS.

Part 4

Non-Pharmacological Management of PoTS

Part four sees Prof Lesley Kavi (Birmingham City University, UK) discuss the non-pharmacological management of PoTS.

Part 5

Drug Therapy of PoTS: Rhythm Control, Circulatory Control

Part five sees Prof Melvin Lobo (Bart's BP Centre of Excellence, UK) discuss drug therapy options in PoTs patients and the treatment options available according to subtype.

Part 6

The Future of PoTs

The concluding video sees Dr Gall (King's College, UK) discuss what the future looks like for PoTS and examines why there is a need for more data and treatment options going forwards.

Faculty Biographies

Lesley Kavi

Lesley Kavi

Lesley has been a GP for over 30 years.  She obtained her medical degree at Glasgow University. She is currently practising near Birmingham, and has undertaken postgraguate education in Syncope, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Contraception.

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Andrew SP Sharp

Andrew SP Sharp

Consultant Cardiologist

Prof Andrew Sharp is a Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK. Andrew qualified from Edinburgh Medical School in 1998. He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 2011 and Honorary Associate Professor by the University of Exeter in 2018 before moving to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in the summer of 2019.

Andrew conducted his early training at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, before moving to London for his senior clinical training, completing the prestigious Milan-Imperial Interventional Cardiology Fellowship programme. Dr Sharp was awarded an MD postgraduate research degree from the University of Edinburgh for his work on the hypertensive heart and his current research interests include device-based treatments for hypertension, pulmonary embolism, intracoronary imaging and coronary physiology.

Andrew's specialist interests include the pharmacological and interventional…

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Melvin D Lobo

Melvin D Lobo

Professor Melvin Lobo is a Consultant Physician based in St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the William Harvey Research Institute. He has a specialist interest in blood pressure disorders of all types, autonomic control of the circulation and also resistant hypertension and device-based therapies.

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Nick Gall

Nick Gall

Dr Gall is a Consultant Cardiologist with a specialist interest in heart rhythm disorders. His private practice is based in the Guthrie Clinic at King’s College Hospital, where he was appointed in 2004.

Dr Gall qualified in London, gained a Masters in Cardiology from Sussex University.

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