What is a tilt table test?
A tilt table test is performed to determine whether you are susceptible to fainting (syncope) or near fainting due to low blood pressure. 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 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 electrodes 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 may be asked to sign a consent form, acknowledging receipt of this patient information brochure.
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 test 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.
Please note that this test is only available in Melbourne with appointments made through our Balwyn centre.