Intensive, Two Month Program
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How We Evaluate POTS
Orthostatic IntoleranceWe evaluate all of your symptoms to help us locate the underlying… Read More
Vagus Nerve DysfunctionMany patients with POTS suffer from gastroparesis, chronic constipation… Read More
Hyperadrenergic StateMany patients with POTS are misdiagnosed with “anxiety” because… Read More
Chronic FatigueMany patients suffer from fatigue, exhaustion, exercise intolerance… Read More
Frequently Asked Questions
Only by treating every patient as an individual case and moving far beyond symptomatic treatment can the majority of patients recover from Idiopathic POTS. Our job is to locate these issues as quickly and as non-invasively as possible, so that patients are not longer shuffled from specialist to specialist, with no one looking at the big picture. Not only is that approach often unsuccessful, it can take months or years for complete evaluations.
Three weeks later, we will have a telephone or Skype meeting to cover your detailed final treatment plan with you. We will make sure you have all of your questions answered, and we will contact you weekly for one month should new questions arise. At the time of this final summary, you will have copies of your record, your blood work, and your final summary should you want or need to share that with anyone on your medical team.
This arrangement gives us the necessary time with you, yet allows you and your friends or family to return home as soon as possible. We know how difficult it can be to travel, to be away from home, and to ask others to interrupt their schedules for long periods of time. We hope this arrangement eliminates some of the frustration of multiple doctor visits with large gaps of time in between. We’d like to shorten your journey for answers to your POTS!
Dr. Akanki-Ahmad, Medical Director, heads up the team of physicians. She carefully hand picks every doctor and physician’s assistant on the team, and assists in educating them about the nuances of POTS and chronic fatigue. Dr. Akanki is a 2008 graduate of Rutger’s New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. She completed her residency at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City and is currently a staff physician with Parkland Health and Hospital system in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Akanki has acted as a principal investigator in clinical research at Columbia University School of Physicians & Surgeons and has experience in both the hospital and academic setting.
Leslie Morris, PA-C is a certified physician’s assistant who graduated #1 in her class of 1991 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern). She has had extensive experience in primary care as well as in treating complicated Internal Medicine patients. Leslie Morris was a sub-Investigator for over 50 research trials involving endocrine studies. Drs. Diana and Richard Driscoll (therapeutic optometrists), together with Dr. Feyisara Akanki-Ahmad, MD and Leslie Morris, PA-C will be personally involved in all patient evaluations and treatment. All physicians on the team are carefully selected for their experience in “invisible illnesses”, their compassion and patience. Some physicians assist directly in patient care, while others are available for consultations as needed. Because experience in these conditions is a rarity, the physicians at POTS Care may need to consult with specialists outside of the local area. All of these costs are included in your fee.
An integral part of the team are the doctors who work behind the scenes. POTS Care has licensed the rights to use the collective knowledge obtained by the research of a variety of specialists involved in Genetic Disease Investigators, LLC. Although currently not directly involved in POTS Care, their work has been instrumental in creating the algorithms needed to evaluate POTS patients in a more thorough, yet efficient manner. When you are evaluated at POTS Care, it’s as if dozens of doctors that you never see are contributing their knowledge to your care. This new model for evaluation and treatment was a necessary step in providing patients with the best care possible in the least amount of time possible.