How do I prepare for a tilt-table test?

Doctors use tilt-table tests to find out why people feel faint or lightheaded or actually completely pass out.

Tilt-table tests can be used to see if fainting is due to abnormal control of heart rate or blood pressure. A very slow heart rate (bradycardia) can cause fainting.

During the test, you lie on a special table that can have your head raised so that it is elevated to 60 to 80 degrees above the rest of your body while a nurse or doctor monitors your blood pressure and heart rate. You may have an IV inserted to give medicine or draw blood.

To prepare for a tilt-table test, here are a few tips.

  • Don’t eat or drink for at least 2 hours before the test.
  • If you will have a morning test, your doctor may tell you not to eat or drink after midnight the night before.
  • If you take medicine, ask your doctor if you should keep taking it on your regular schedule before the test.
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.