Tilt Table Testing In Atlanta
A tilt table test is used to diagnose vasovagal or neurally-mediated syncope (passing out or loss of consciousness). There are many causes of syncope, and identifying neurally-mediated syncope is important, as there are specific treatments available for this type. The patient is kept in a standing position for between 1/2 and 1 whole hour.
During this time, the heart rate and blood pressure are monitored. Patients with neurally-mediated syncope often display exaggerated heart rate slowing and blood pressure decrease during the test. To prepare for the test, patients should withhold medications and not eat or drink after midnight on the day of the exam.