Tilt Table Test

A Tilt Table Test is a safe, non-invasive procedure used to examine vascular tone and diagnose problems that may result in syncope. Patients with symptoms of dizziness, light-headedness, loss of consciousness, or rapid changes in blood pressure or heart rate associated with position are good candidates for this test.

How is the test done?

Tilt table testing is routinely performed by the Heart Clinic of Louisiana. During the test you will be strapped to a tilt table lying flat and then tilted at an angle of 60 to 80 degrees. Sometimes additional medication may be administered to facilitate the test. Symptoms, blood pressure, pulse, and electrocardiogram are recorded. The test usually takes 45 minutes.

How do I prepare for the test?

Please refer toHeart Clinic of Louisiana's patient resource page for pre-procedural information regarding Tilt Table testing. In general do not eat or drink anything six hours before your test, refrain from caffeine 24 hours prior to your test.