Tilt Table Test
TILT TABLE TEST DEFINITIONWhenever a patient suffers from unexplained fainting or syncope, the tilt table test is conducted in order to evaluate the cause of the disorder. The test requires you to lie on a table that moves from a flat to an upright position. Your blood pressure and heart rate are measured throughout the examination.
TILT TABLE TEST PURPOSEThe tilt table test is usually recommended by your designated healthcare specialist whenever your syncope episodes have occurred repeatedly. It's important to determine the cause of your illness early on before it causes you injury at home or work.
TILT TABLE TEST RISKSComplications are quite rare when undergoing a tilt table test. However, like any other procedure, it does carry the risk for the following issues: Asystole and low blood pressure. Never fear, for these complications are temporary and should go away as soon as the test is over.
TILT TABLE TEST PREPARATION REQUIREDTwo hours or more before the tilt table test, you'll be asked to refrain from drinking or eating. Taking your medication during this period of time should be fine unless your doctor specifies otherwise.
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TILT TABLE TEST PROCEDUREThe technician will first connect you to an EKG or ECG machine via electrodes. The device itself measures your heart rate. Blood pressure cuffs will also be placed on your arm to monitor your blood pressure. You'll then be strapped to a table that moves from a horizontal position to a vertical one. You may stay on the upright position for 10 minutes or remain there for up to 45 minutes.
TILT TABLE TEST COMPLICATIONSYou may suffer from the complication of prolonged low blood pressure (depending on how long you stay on the tilt table) and prolonged pause between heartbeats. The complications associated with this test only happen during the test. They'll immediately go away as soon as the bed is returned to its original horizontal position.
TILT TABLE TEST SIDE EFFECTSThere are no adverse or immediate side effects when undergoing this test. There is no pain linked with this noninvasive examination either, and it is for the most part safe.
TILT TABLE TEST RESULTSThe "success" of the tilt table test depends on whether or not you actually faint during the examination. Any changes with your heart rate or blood pressure will be closely monitored by your doctor as well. You may undergo additional tests to check other causes for your syncope, which may include age, your work environment, and so forth.