Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with postural tachycardic syndrome; if his Department funds research into that condition; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on the number of people diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome is not collected centrally.

The Department funds the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Researchers at the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre have undertaken a study exploring the characteristics of patients with postural tachycardia syndrome in the United Kingdom. The findings were published in the journal BMJ Open in 2014 which is available at:

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/6/e004127.full

The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including diagnosis and treatment of postural tachycardia syndrome. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality.

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