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Tilt Table Test

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

What is a tilt table test?

A tilt table test is a procedure used to find out why you have been fainting or feeling dizzy. Fainting may also be called syncope. You will lie on a table that tilts your body into different positions. The table provides a safe way to test your heart rate and blood pressure when you change positions. The tilt table test will help you and your healthcare provider recognize symptoms that occur before you faint. This will help you learn when to sit or lie down to prevent you from fainting.

How do I prepare for my tilt table test?

  • Do not eat any food for 6 hours, or drink any liquid for 4 hours before your test.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if you will be able to drive yourself home after the test. You may need to arrange for someone to drive you.

What will happen during my tilt table test?

  • Your test may take 20 to 45 minutes. You will need to stay on your back for the entire test. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored to check for changes.
  • You will lie on a soft table that has a foot support and straps. The straps will keep you from falling off when the table moves or if you pass out. The table will rotate your body between standing and lying positions. This will cause changes in your blood pressure and heart rate that may make you faint.
  • You may be given medicine to cause blood pressure and heart rate changes. This helps confirm that your dizziness or fainting is caused by blood pressure or heart rate problems. The test may be repeated with and without the medicine.

What will happen after my tilt table test?

  • Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored until they return to normal. You will be able to go home when the healthcare provider knows you are okay.
  • Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed. Ask for more information about how to manage syncope. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

What are the risks of a tilt table test?

Rarely, the tilt table test may cause an irregular heartbeat.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • Your symptoms of fainting or dizziness get worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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