Bethenny Frankel Gets Real About Her “Serious Battle” With POTS

Bethenny Frankel, former star of the Real Housewives of New York, is getting real with fans about her “serious battle with POTS”.[0] Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a disorder of the circulatory system that causes the heart to beat faster than normal when shifting from a seated to a standing position.[1] Frankel, 52, took to Instagram to share the details of her struggle and why her face looks “f–ked up” on vacation.[2]

Frankel wrote in a lengthy caption, “I’m bloated, swollen and I’ve gained 4 lbs in 3 days because my body is desperately hanging on to any water it can.”[3] She continued, “Dehydration is so real. This is like very intense, and it’s gotten really bad in the past few years because of this autoimmune thing I’m dealing with. I wake up like every two hours in such pain and dying of thirst. So it’s like my body won’t hold onto it. It’s crazy.”[4]

Research published in December in Nature Cardiovascular Research revealed a possible connection between POTS, a heart condition, and a COVID-19 infection in some individuals diagnosed with long COVID.[5] The journal also discovered indications that POTS was related to the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine as well, but to a much lesser extent.[5]

Frankel concluded her video with a message to viewers, “PS. When you comment on someone’s physical appearance, you may not know exactly what they’re enduring personally, physically and emotionally.”[6] She added, “My real thing is the terror of just not being healthy for my daughter.[7] That’s the biggest thing. Who cares about the rest of it? I just want to be healthy for her. I want to go on Aspen vacations and take her snowboarding, wanting to live a long life because I had a child later in life.[8] I’m absolutely scared, because I don’t like that I do everything to be healthy and still, sometimes, this thing is winning.[7]

0. “Ex-RHONY star Bethenny Frankel is ‘riddled with aches and pains' as she battles POTS diagnosis” HELLO!, 24 Feb. 2023,

1. “Bethenny Frankel Opens Up About Battle with POTS Syndrome, Admits She's ‘Not Doing That Great'” Just Jared, 24 Feb. 2023,

2. “Bethenny Frankel explains why her face ‘looks f–ked up' in vacation videos” Page Six, 23 Feb. 2023,

3. “Ex-‘RHONY' Star Bethenny Frankel Reveals Autoimmune Disease Struggles After Being Grilled By Fans About Her Face” Radar Online, 24 Feb. 2023,

4. “Bethenny Frankel ‘not doing that great' as she copes with POTS syndrome” New York Daily News, 24 Feb. 2023,

5. “Bethenny Frankel opens up about experience with ‘intense' dehydration” AOL, 23 Feb. 2023,

6. “Bethenny Frankel Reveals Autoimmune Disease Worsened by COVID” Newsweek, 24 Feb. 2023,

7. “Bethenny Frankel Gets Emotional Sharing Her Face Changes Are From POTS” TODAY, 23 Feb. 2023,

8. “Bethenny Frankel Explains Why Her Face Looks “Different,” Discusses POTS Syndrome, & Being Sober” Reality Blurb, 24 Feb. 2023,

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