Hi I have POTS but a “milder” version compared to others thankfully. I have had episodes since I was in high school. I’m 30 now. It’s has gotten worse in the past 2 years. I’m used to heart flutters but one episode in February 2019 really triggered my health anxiety. I had heart palpitations for over an hour and started to have a panic attack. Again, I was used to those episodes but that one in particular lasted a much longer time. I went to their ER, had an EKG. Doc said it was a panic attack and was prescribed hydroxizine (spell check). I was having more episodes in the following months. I bought an Apple Watch to monitor my heartbeat. I always knew I had it but never knew there was a name for it. It usually happens when I bend over. When I stand back up I get really lightheaded and my heart starts to beat really fast. During those episodes I get a really bad headache and once it’s finished I am really fatigued.I have learned to lay down with your legs in the air had helped me. I try not to bend over but to “ take a knee” stress, caffeine, too much sugar really trigger my episodes. I went to a cardiologist who did another EKG and an echocardiogram. All normal. He told me because I don’t pass out from it or have them as often he would not suggest any medication. They can diagnose you from your symptoms or a tilt table test. Anxiety makes it worse for me and because of POTS I developed health anxiety. This pandemic is really kicking my butt lol.
Exercise and drinking LOTS of water helps as well