Tilt table test

A tilt table test is used to check how your body responds to body position changes and stress, such as anxiety or exercise.

The body's nervous system detects changes in body position or stress and regulates your heart rate and blood pressure. If the nervous system does not work properly, you can have a drop in blood pressure and/or a fainting spell.

A tilt table test is used to evaluate people who have had fainting or near-fainting spells.

During the test, you will lie flat on a table that can tilt you up to almost a standing position. You may be given medicine to speed up your heart rate. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored during the entire test.

A tilt table test takes 1 to 2 hours and is usually done in a hospital or cardiologist's office.

Last Updated: June 18, 2009

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