Long Covid patient advised to eat Hula Hoops by doctor to fight condition

A person suffering from long-term Covid has been advised to eat Hula Hoops to help her recover from a condition linked to the lingering effects of the virus.

Sian Griffiths, 43, from Anglesey, has been suffering from long term effects such as dizzy spells, palpitations and breathlessness which are also key symptoms of a condition called Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS).

The physiotherapist, who enjoyed an action-packed life before she was hit with the virus last year May, said she was later diagnosed with PoTS in February after going to a private specialist.

She told Daily Mail: "I’d find that when I got up in the morning, or if I tried to walk upstairs, my heart would race and I’d feel light-headed – spaced out and disorientated – and it took ages for everything to become clear again."

Once diagnosed she was given tablets and started to go swimming which she says she was able to do successfully without feeling light-headed.

"Before I go to bed, I mix a teaspoon of salt into fruit juice, which I keep by the bed and have when I wake up. I then sit up in bed and let myself adjust.

"My specialist recommended I start adding salt to my food and eating Hula Hoops and salted nuts, to push my blood pressure up.

"I feel I’m improving. My heart doesn’t race now, although I still suffer brain fog."

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The reason why Hula Hoops may have helped sufferer Sian Griffiths is because adding more salt to a diet could help push up blood pressure which can help ease the symptoms.

A leading clinician says that Long Covid clinics are not routinely testing for the syndrome despite PoTS having some of the same side effects.

Former GP Dr Lesley Kavi, who now heads the charity PoTS UK, told the Mail: "We think the pandemic may have caused an explosion in cases – there are specialist services for PoTS in the NHS, and they are reporting that many of their new referrals are patients who first started having problems after catching Covid."

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According to the NHS website, PoTS is an abnormal increase in heart rate that occurs after sitting up or standing.

It has been reported to commonly affect girls and women aged between 15 to 50.

"PoTS is diagnosed if your heart rate increases by 30 beats a minute (bpm) or more (40bpm in those aged 12 to 19) usually within 10 minutes of standing," states the NHS.

"Some people have mild symptoms, while others find the condition affects their quality of life. PoTS often improves gradually over time, and there are some medicines and self-care measures that can help."

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