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POTS or cardiac tamponade?
The picture shows how the heart is pushed inwards by the fluid around it. This prevents blood from returning into the heart, causing heart failure to more or less degree.
I doubt POTS has been properly diagnosed - your symptoms can easily be explained as secondary to a pericardial effusion. You absolutely need a cardiology consultation (I cannot believe your cardiologist has never heard of POTS) and a diagnosis. Focus on your heart for now! Read this blog that discusses your situation in more detail.
The most characteristic findings are the presence of tamponade:
- Low blood pressure and often a fast heart rate with minimal exertion (similar to POTS).
- Decreased heart sounds on auscultation.
- Dilated neck veins because blood pools unable to enter the heart.
- Blood pressure can be lowered when the person inhales deeply. Peripheral pulses (pulse in the extremities) may be weak or absent.
Hope this helps,
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