The upright tilt table test is commonly performed for the evaluation of syncope. It may be helpful particularly in young, otherwise healthy patients in whom the diagnosis of vasovagal (neurocardiogenic) syncope is suspected but not certain. It is also useful in older persons in whom the cause of syncope remains unclear, but vasovagal syncope is suspected
Before The Test
- Do not eat or drink anything 4 hours prior to the procedure.
- Wear or bring comfortable two piece attire.
During The Test
- First, electrodes will be placed on your chest and you will be connected to the ECG monitoring machine which will monitor your heart rhythm through the entire study.
- An intravenous (IV) line will be started in a vein in your arm. This will allow the technician to introduce Saline fluid as needed
- You will be placed on the tilt table and positioned at an 80 degree angle.
- Please allow 1 1/2-2 hours for the test.
After The Test
- If the test is Negative, the electrodes and IV will be removed and you are able to leave the office and return to daily duties.
- If the test is Positive, then you may be prescribed an additional medication. IV saline will be given. You will not be able to return to work/school the remainder of the day. It is recommended you go home and lay down and rest.
- A follow up appointment should be made with the physician to discuss the results further.