Tilt Table

The tilt-table test is a simple, inexpensive, and informative test that can help identify the causes of fainting.

As its name implies, the tilt table test involves placing a patient on a table with a foot-support, then tilting the table upward. The tilt-table may start off in a horizontal position and be tilted by degrees to a completely vertical position. Your blood pressure, pulse, and symptoms are monitored throughout the test. It is painless; however, you may experience symptoms such as feeling lightheaded, nauseated, sweating, or weakness. You may pass out briefly during the test. Any symptoms recorded during the test can help the doctor to diagnose the cause of an episode of temporary loss of consciousness or lightheadedness. Based on the results of the test, you may be able to go home the same day.  If further treatment is needed, your doctor will discuss the options with you.

How do I prepare for the test?

You will be asked to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure.