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​​​Tilt ​Table test is for people who have unexplained fainting spells, called syncope.  The test enables the doctor to identify how changes in your position from lying to standing affect your blood pressure and heart rhythm.  During the test, there will be constant monitoring of your blood pressure and heart rate.  Your heart rate will be measured by an electrocardiogram (EKG). 

Before The Procedure

  • You will be asked to sign a consent form after your doctor has explained the procedure and its risks to you.
  • Please do not eat or drink after midnight before the procedure.
  • You will be taken to the Electrophysiology lab by wheelchair or stretcher.
  • You will be awake when you are brought into the lab and during the procedure.
  • Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart during the procedure.  The skin may need to be lightly scraped and chest hair shaved on men to obtain clear test results.
  • Safety belts will be placed across your chest and legs to secure your position on the table during the procedure.
  • A small intravenous catheter (IV catheter) will be placed in your hand or arm.  The medicine given during the test will be given through this catheter.
  • You will need to undress from the waist up; hospital gowns will be available to wear.

During The Procedure

  • The table on which you are lying will be tilted upward so that your head is higher than your body to stimulate normal gravity effects on the body.
  • Throughout the test, your blood pressure and heart are carefully monitored.
  • You are encouraged to let your doctor know how you are feeling during the test.
  • During the test you may receive Isuprel.  This medicine stimulates your normal stress response, which may bring on the symptoms you have had in the past.  Isuprel may cause nausea.  If you begin to feel bad, please tell the staff.
  • The procedure will take approximately 90 minutes.

After The Procedure

  • You will return to your room and may go home after the procedure.
  • The doctor will discuss the results of the test with you and your referring physician.​