A tilt table test can help diagnose an abnormality of blood pressure regulation causing “fainting” which is referred to by a variety of names, including
- neurally mediated syncope
- neurocardiogenic syncope
- vasovagal syncope
Learn more about syncope.
What should I expect from the test?
- During the tilt table test, an intravenous (IV) line is placed in your arm and ECG wires are attached to your chest.
- You will be asked to lie flat on a table for 10 to 15 minutes while your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored.
- At that point, the table is tilted upright so that you are in an almost standing position.
- You are asked to remain still for 30 to 45 minutes while your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored.
- If you have a normal response, you may receive medication through your IV and have the test repeated. If your symptoms are provoked by the tilt test, the team notes your heart’s rhythm and your blood pressure before returning the tilt table to the flat position.
- You will recover quickly after the test, and should be able to return home soon after.