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In this article we discuss the association of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) with coronavirus-19 (COVID-19), ivabradine's unique mechanism of action, and its use in POTS patients. We highlight the pathophysiology and common etiologies of POTS, including preceding viral infections, vaccines, trauma, surgeries, and other stressors. COVID-19, a viral illness, has been associated with POTS through a variety of mechanisms that are not yet well understood. The initial management strategy for POTS is largely nonpharmacological, focusing on increasing venous return to the heart through physical therapy or other exercise activities. Ivabradine is a selective inhibitor of the funny sodium channels within the sinoatrial node. This unique mechanism of action allows for the reduction of heart rate without any effect on the heart's ionotropic activity. With an increase in the number of POTS cases, especially during the COVID pandemic, the importance of utilizing new medications and management strategies for POTS becomes imperative. Though ivabradine is currently only approved for the management of patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has also proven to be effective at reducing symptoms among patients with refractory POTS, and thus, should be considered for the management of patients who do not respond to initial treatment strategies.Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.


Keshav Dixit, William H Frishman. Postural Tachycardia Syndrome and COVID-19: Focus on Ivabradine Therapy. Cardiology in review. 2022 Dec 05

PMID: 36729924

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