POTS…not just a kitchen item.

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I did not know that there is a syndrome known as POTS. I did not know what the symptoms of this syndrome are. I did not know how it can wreak havoc in a POTS sufferer’s life. Enter a woman who is on a passionate mission to inform, spread awareness and change simple procedures in physicians’ protocol to help diagnose POTS.

Wendy Baruchowitz, a Westchester mom, developed POTS during her second pregnancy. Her symptoms included: racing heart, dizziness, migraines, shortness of breath, cognitive impairment, and many more troubling symptoms. It made living a normal life and caring for her children impossible.

It took months for Ms. Baruchowitz to receive a proper diagnosis. Finally, she learned that she had POTS-Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. POTS is one of numerous Dysautonomic disorders, which is a deregulation of the autonomic system. All the things that your body does without your even thinking about it: your heartbeat, respiration,  blood pressure and flow, temperature… Imagine them all going out of whack.

After finally receiving a diagnosis and treatment, Wendy is doing quite well today. Here she is with her youngest son.

POTS...not just a kitchen item, valerie smaldone, the three tomatoesIt’s believed that nearly 3 million Americans suffer from POTS. To help fund research for POTS and autonomic system disorders, Wendy organized a “POTS-Take a Stand” fundraising run/walk taking place on Oct. 4 in Rye, NY.

Go to www.potstakeastand.com to find out about the walk, the disorder with the funny name, and Wendy Baruchowitz’s story.

POTS...not just a kitchen item, the three tomatoes


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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