What is the TILT Table test?

Doctors recommend a tilt table test when you have repeated, unexplained episodes of dizziness or fainting. The test helps determine if the cause is related to your heart rate or blood pressure.

This test consists of suddenly lower your heart rate and blood pressure for a short time when you move to an upright position during the tilt table test.

What are the risks of the Tilt Table Test?

Generally, a tilt table test is safe, and complications are rare. But, like any medical procedure, it may be some risk, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting after fainting
  • Prolonged low blood pressure after the test
  • Weakness that can last several hours

Usually, these complications go away when the table is returned to a horizontal position.


  • Do not eat or drink for two hours or more before the test
  • You can take your medications as usual unless your doctor tells you otherwise Have you lie flat on a table
  • Place sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest, legs, and arms.
  • Place a blood pressure monitor or cuff on your finger, on your arm, or on both
    Place an IV line into a vein in your arm for delivering medication, if needed.
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