Tilt Table Test
What is it?
A Tilt Table Test is undergone to determine whether you are susceptible to fainting (syncope) or near fainting due to a common cause, called neurally mediated syncope (or vasovagal syncope). In preparation for your test:
- Do not eat any food or drink any fluids for ONE hour prior to your test.
- Ask your physician if you should take your medications as usual prior to the test. Usually you should take your medications but you may be asked to cease a betablocker prior to the test.
- Anticipate that the entire procedure will take up to 2hrs including preparation and debriefing after the test.
- We advise that you DO NOT DRIVE a motor vehicle immediately after the test.
What to expect during the test?
- You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- You will be positioned in a comfortable supine position on a specialised tilting bed.
- An intravenous catheter will be placed in your arm. This is a safety feature mandated by Medicare regulations and may also be used for administration of medication.
- ECG stickers will be placed on your chest. In addition, a blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm.
- The managing physician and the cardiac technologist/nurse will discuss the exact details and the risks of the test with you. You will be asked to sign a consent form, acknowledging receipt of this patient information brochure.
- The initial part of the test involves tilting the bed to an upright position, 70° from the horizontal and your pulse and blood pressure will be observed in this position for ten minutes.
- The bed will be brought back to a supine position and the second part of the test will involve the administration of medication either as a spray under your tongue, or continuously through the IV line. The choice of medication can depend on your age and clinical condition.
- Following administration of medication you will be tilted again to the upright position for up to ten minutes.
- If you experience fainting symptoms at any stage your pulse and blood pressure will be noted and if a definite and diagnostic change has occurred the test will immediately be ceased, you will be returned to a supine position with your legs raised and any ongoing medication ceased. If this occurs, or you otherwise reach the ten minutes without any symptoms the test will be completed. After the test
- We will discuss the results of the test with you immediately following the test and a comprehensive report will be sent to your doctor within a few days.
- You may feel weak and tired following the test, so do not schedule a heavy day at work following it.
- You may eat and drink immediately following the test.