ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

What is a tilt table test?

A tilt table test is a minor procedure used to diagnose the cause of fainting, near fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness. It involves lying flat on a table that slowly tilts at near an upright position. A nurse or technician monitors your heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure during the test to see if they change with your position. You may receive medicine through an IV as part of your tilt table test. Your doctor will discuss the results with you after the tilt table test is complete.

A tilt table test is a minor procedure, but it still involves some risk. It is only one method used to diagnose the cause of fainting, near fainting, dizziness, and lightheadedness. Discuss all of your options with your doctor to understand which options are right for you.  

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 7, 2013

© 2014 Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

View Sources

Medical References

Barón-Esquivias G, Martínez-Rubio A. Tilt table test: state of the art. Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2003 Oct 1;3(4):239-52. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1513525/. Accessed July 8, 2013.
Guide to Tilt Table Testing. Cornell University. http://www.cornellcardiology.com/pat_vis/til_tab.html?name1=Patient+Guides+to+Cardiology+Procedures&type1=2Select&name2=Tilt+Table+Testing&type2=3Active. Accessed July 8, 2013.
Tilt-Table Test. American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/SymptomsDiagnosisofHeartAttack/Tilt-Table-Test_UCM_446441_Article.jsp. Accessed July 8, 2013.
Tilt Table Procedure. Johns-Hopkins. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/cardiovascular/tilt_table_procedure_92,P07985/. Accessed July 8, 2013.
Tilt Table Test. The Ohio State University. http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/heart/conditions/Pages/Tests/TiltTableTest.aspx. Accessed July 8, 2013.
Tilt Table Testing. Stanford University. http://stanfordhospital.org/cardiovascularhealth/arrhythmia/overview/diagnosing/tilt-table.html. Accessed July 8, 2013.

You Might Also Like

8 Smart Exercises for Knee Arthritis

It might surprise you, but exercise is one of the best ways to relieve the pain and stiffness of knee arthritis.

E-mail this page to your friends.