Kristen’s battle

VIDEO: Rogers High swimmer learning to live with rare illness

Posted: June 4, 2017 at 1 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.

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.

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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