Tilt Table Examination


A tilt table test is performed to determine the cause of unexplained fainting by measuring heart rate and blood pressure in response to changes in position. During this test, the patient lies flat on a table which is then tilted to change the position of the body. Your Beverly Hills Heart Doctor may recommend this test if fainting is believed to be caused by an abnormal nervous system reaction, drop in blood pressure, or arrhythmia. Patients can return to their regular activities immediately after this test.


Your heart rate and blood pressure will be checked while you are lying flat for about 15 – 20 minutes. The head of the table will then be elevated or tilted 60 to 80 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes. It is important to report any symptoms that you may experience, such as dizziness, overall weakness, palpitations, nausea, sweating or light headedness, or any other symptoms you have when you faint. The test will take approximately 1 to 2 hours.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam.
  • Do not ingest any stimulants for 24 hours BEFORE the test. This includes coffee, tea, and cola drinks.
  • If you are diabetic, you may eat a light breakfast and/or lunch.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Do not wear necklaces or clothing with metal on it (metal buttons, sequins, brooches, etc.).
  • If you have asthma presently or previously, bring your inhaler(s) with you.
  • Bring a list of your medications with you.
  • Take your usual morning medications on the day of your test unless directed by your physician.

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