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					                                                               Heart Center
                                                                 OF THE ROCKIES
                                                             P O U D R E V A L L E Y H E A LT H S Y S T E M




                                                  Tilt Table
                                    Fainting spells can be caused by a number of factors.
       Tilt table testing is designed to evaluate how your body regulates blood pressure in response to simple stress.

                                                Expertise in Matters of the Heart
Tilt table testing is designed to evaluate           • Arrange for transportation home                        blood pressure. After the nitroglycerin is
how your body regulates blood pressure                 following your procedure.                              administered, the remainder of the test lasts
in response to some very simple stresses.                                                                     5-10 minutes longer. If you are without
Blood pressure is regulated by a set of              What to expect:                                          symptoms after this portion of the test than
nerves, which operate continuously. These                                                                     the test is complete. A possible side effect
                                                     You will be asked to lie quietly on the table
nerves ensure that there is always enough                                                                     with this procedure is a headache.
                                                     and keep your legs still. The table has three
blood going to the brain and to distribute
                                                     safety straps – one around your chest, one
blood to other organs according to their                                                                      The entire procedure lasts about 1 hour.
                                                     around your waist and one around your
needs. These changes in blood pressure are                                                                    During the test, you may pass out, you may
                                                     knees- which keep you from slipping as the
accomplished by making changes in the                                                                         feel the symptoms you have when you’re
                                                     table is moved.
way the heart beats and by making changes                                                                     about to pass out, or you may feel nothing
in the size of certain blood vessels.                                                                         at all. It is important to inform the medical
                                                     You will be connected to three monitors
                                                                                                              staff of any symptoms you feel.
At times, the nerves which control blood             during the test:
pressure may not operate properly and
may cause a reaction which can cause
                                                     • Electrocardiogram (EKG). Electrodes                    After the test:
                                                       are attached to your chest, which record               You should have someone available to
your blood pressure to drop suddenly.
                                                       the electrical impulses produced by your               drive you home. Your doctor will review
This reaction may produce a fainting
                                                       heart.                                                 the results and make changes to your
spell or a number of symptoms including
                                                                                                              medication, or order additional medications
severe lightheadedness. Tilt table testing           • Oximeter monitor. A clip on your finger                or testing procedures if necessary.
is designed to determine the likelihood                continually monitors the level of oxygen
that a patient is susceptible to this type of          in your blood.
                                                                                                              Risks:
reaction.
                                                     • Blood pressure monitor. A cuff on your                 Tilt table testing is routinely very safe.
Patient preparation:                                   arm checks your blood pressure at                      However, as with any medical procedure,
                                                       intervals throughout the procedure.                    complications may occur. Our staff is
• Do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to your
  test.                                                                                                       trained to respond if an emergency occurs.
                                                     Procedure
• Take all medications as prescribed, but            For the first ten minutes, you will relax                Test Results:
  use only small sips of water to help you           while baseline data is collected. Then                   Test results will be discussed with you by
  swallow your pills.                                the head of the table will be raised to                  your doctor.
• If you have diabetes, ask your doctor              80 degrees. Since many patients who
  for specific instructions on taking your           experience a sudden drop in blood pressure
                                                     do so after about 30 minutes, you will be                Location:
  medications and eating or drinking
  before the procedure.                              asked to remain still in this position for                   Medical Center of the Rockies
                                                     about 40 minutes. You will be asked to alert                 2500 Rocky Mountain Avenue
• Bring a list of medications and prescribed         staff of symptoms you experience. If you                     Loveland, CO 80538
  doses with you to the lab.                         remain without symptoms after 40 minutes,
• Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Do             the nurse practitioner, P.A. or physician will
  not wear any jewelry.                              determine if nitroglycerin will be given to
                                                     increase your heart rate and lower your



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