Do I have POTS? Is a TEE exam scary?
Hello everyone! I'm a 20 year old female (5’8, 120lb) and I've struggled with heart 'palpitations' my whole life, but over the past year and a half, it's only gotten worse. I had been standing for some time and then out of nowhere my ears started ringing, had loss of vision, started to pass out, body went numb. Went to doctor, I had an abnormal EKG, got echocardiogram where there was trace regurgitation in some areas and a small echodensity found (getting TEE exam done for this).
However, something I've noticed (from a young age) is every time I stand up, I get really lightheaded, I've even passed out before. Today, I sat for 10 minutes, took pulse while sitting, it was at 92BPM and then after standing for 15 seconds it went to 122BPM. Is this an indicator of POTS? If so, how does a doctor check for it, and what has to be done? Also for TEE exam: is it easy to breathe with it down your throat, are you awake or asleep?