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Tilt Test

A tilt test is used to make a diagnosis following symptoms of dizziness or fainting. The test will recreate your symptoms under monitored and controlled conditions in order to allow the Cardiologist to investigate and diagnose. Tilt tests are for those who have experienced blackouts, fainting or dizzy spells.
If a tilt test is required, you will be referred to one of our Cardiologists by your doctor.

What to Expect

  • The tilt test can last between 25 and 65 minutes
  • You will be required to undress from the waist upwards, gowns are available upon request
  • Small, sticky patches named electrodes will be put onto your arms, legs and chest
  • The electrodes are connected to an ECG recording machine, which picks up the electrical signals that make your heart beat
  • There will be a blood pressure monitor attached to your finger or arm
  • You will lie horizontally for five minutes
  • The bed is tilted up until you are almost vertical
  • You may be asked to self-administer a spray underneath your tongue- this is to see if it has any effect on your blood pressure during the test
  • If you do not feel comfortable using the spray for any reason please inform one of our technicians at your appointment
  • The test will continue in this position for a further 15 minutes or until you have faint/dizzy feelings and/or a fall in blood pressure or heart rate
  • A Clinical Physiologist or assistant will be performing the Test

Before the Test

  • Ask someone to accompany you to and from your appointment
  • Please fast for three hours prior to the test
  • Please don’t smoke, take alcohol or caffeine for 24 hours prior to the test
  • You may not be able to drive after the test, please arrange alternative transport, if this is not possible, please contact the department on 01942 822445
  • Please ensure you have a copy of your current medication to hand

The Results

You will be given informal results after the test. Then results will be sent to the person who referred you, for example your GP, with details of what the test results show and any treatment required.