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Electrophysiology Services

Tilt Table

What is it?  A table which assists in diagnosing the causes of fainting and heart arrhythmias.  Lying flat on the table, you are tilted to raise your body to a head up position, while blood pressure and heart rate are monitored. The goal of this test is to reproduce the symptoms while you are being monitored to determine if the origin is cardiac in nature.

What happens during the procedure? An IV line will be started and you will be strapped to the tilt table in case you faint. You will lay flat for 5 minutes, and then stood up using the table for 20 minutes. If at any point you have symptoms, the test is over. After 20 minutes if you have not reacted, medications may be used to artificially simulate your symptoms. If you faint you will be given IV fluids and allowed to recover. The doctor will look at the monitoring data and explain any results before you leave.

Preparing for the Procedure:

  • Do not eat or drink anything the morning of your test.
  • If you are on medications please take them with a sip of water only.
  • Be prepared to spend approximately 2 – 3 hours at the hospital.
  • It is advisable to bring a driver in case you faint and do not feel well enough to drive home.

Helpful Information: If you were advised by your physician that you have a fainting disorder, you should not operate a car or heavy machinery until you are cleared by your doctor.

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