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Tilt Table Test

Test Preparation

  • Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to your test. Small sips of water are OK.

  • Please continue taking medications.

About the Test

The tilt table test is used to help diagnose recurrent or unexplained dizziness or fainting spells (syncope). The test can determine if a patient has vasovagal syncope, a malfunction of nerves that cause the heart to slow down and blood pressure to drop with changes in position.  


During the test, you will be asked to lie on a special table. A blood pressure cuff will be placed around your arm. Electrocardiogram (EKG) electrodes will be attached to your chest to monitor your heart rate and rhythm during the test.  


After obtaining your blood pressure and an EKG while lying down, the table will slowly move and tilt until you have reached a standing position. You will be standing on a foot-board at the bottom of the table. Your blood pressure and EKG will be monitored throughout the entire test. You should tell the technician if you are experiencing any symptoms such as sweating, nausea, or dizziness/lightheadedness. If your blood pressure begins to drop, then you will be returned to a flat position and the test will be ended. The test will take approximately 1 hour.

After the Test

Once the test is complete you will be able to drive home. The physician will review the test, and the results will be provided to you at your next appointment or by phone.

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