A tilt table test is performed to investigate the cause of recurrent blackouts (or syncope) suspected to be due to the cardiovascular system. It will involve continuous ECG and blood pressure monitoring. An IV cannula or drip will be inserted into you arm so that medications can be given during the test.
The patient lies flat on the table and is attached to an ECG and a blood pressure monitor. After a short time the table is tilted head up to 60° or 70° and the position maintained for 20 minutes, or until typical symptoms occur. If no symptoms or syncope occurs a drug called Isoprenaline (a form of adrenaline) will be given slowly via the IV drip. The patient will be tilted head up to 60° or 70° for a further 20 minutes. The test takes around 60minutes.