TILT TABLE TESTING
A tilt table test is a diagnostic test that will
help us to figure out the cause of your
fainting or of the symptoms you are having.
This test starts with you lying flat on a
special table which will move you into an
upright (standing) position. Your heart rate
and blood pressure will be watched carefully
during the test. The test takes two hours.
Getting Ready for a Tilt Table Test
ξ Do not eat or drink anything 4 hours
prior to the test.
ξ You can take your morning medicine
with a sip of water unless otherwise
instructed by your doctor or nurse
ξ Wear loose fitting, comfortable
ξ Plan to bring a driver with you to
drive you home.
What to Expect During Your Tilt Table
You may be asked to wear a gown. You
will lie down on the special table. You will
then have sticky patches (electrodes) placed
on your chest. Blood pressure cuffs will be
placed on your fingers and your arm. An
intravenous (IV) line will be placed in your
arm or hand in case you need fluids or
medicine. The table has safety straps that
will wrap around you to keep you safe when
the table is being tilted to the upright
The test is started with you lying flat on the
table. The table is then tilted to the upright
position for about thirty minutes. Your
blood pressure, heart rate, and symptoms
will be watched carefully throughout the
test. You may need medicine to help
reproduce your symptoms. If you faint at
any time during the test, the table is returned
to the flat position and you are watched
carefully. Once your test is complete you
may return to your normal activities.
A tilt table test is safe and the risk for any
problems is rare. However, as with any
medical test, there are risks. Possible
problems include low blood pressure and a
pause between heart beats. This can be
resolved after you and the table are returned
to the flat position.
Your doctor will discuss your results, and
next steps, if any, with you after the test.
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