Tilt table testing is a simple test that helps the doctor pinpoint the cause of your fainting by checking how changes in body position can affect your blood pressure.
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The tilt table test tries to recreate fainting symptoms while your blood pressure and heart rate are monitored. To do this, you are placed on a table that is tilted upward. The test can be done in a hospital or at your doctor's office. The entire procedure may take up to 60 minutes. The testing room is kept quiet and dimly lit. During the test:
Report any symptoms you have during the test. Let the doctor or technician know if you notice:
After the test you're likely to be sent home right away. It's a good idea to have a friend or family member drive. If you fainted during the test, you may want to rest for a few hours once you're home.
Any medications used during the test should leave your system within 15 minutes. If you were told to skip daily medications before the test, ask if you should start taking them again.
Try to arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment. This will allow time to check in. Prepare for the test as directed. In addition: