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‘Jeopardy!’ viewers upset over inaccurate and offensive medical answer

‘Jeopardy!’ viewers upset over inaccurate and offensive medical answer

On Monday’s Jeopardy!, one medical question in particular did not sit well with many fans who took to social media with their disgust. Coming from a category called Plain-Named Maladies, this was the clue that was read by host Savannah Guthrie:

“Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is also known as Grinch Syndrome because this organ is too small.” The correct answer was, “what is the heart?”

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, also known as POTS, is defined by myheart.net as a condition that affects the flow of blood through the body, causing dizziness when standing. It occurs mostly in younger women, and also includes elevated heart rate, extreme fatigue and lightheadedness as other common symptoms. There has also been an uptick in POTS diagnosis in patients who have had Covid-19.

But Jeopardy!’s use of the term “grinch syndrome,” and associating it with having a small heart – which is not currently linked to POTS – both rubbed people the wrong way. One viewer said, “Oh Jeopardy! this is shameful. I have POTs and am sad you would resort to this. How low. And I might add, incredibly incorrect.”

And Dysautonomia International, a non-profit organization that raises funds for research and promotes awareness of disorders like POTS, sent multiple Tweets accusing the show of using a misogynistic term, demanding an apology for the POTS community, and telling the show to “do better.”

And with no response from Jeopardy! on this matter as of the time of publishing, doing better would probably be a good start.

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