tilt table testing

This test is used to determine why a patient is fainting: (fainting is also called syncope). Fainting or syncope occurs for multiple reasons. It is important to determine the cause of the syncope to understand the risks and severity of future fainting episodes. A tilt table can provide this information.

The most common type of syncope is vasovagal syncope due to an abnormal neurological reflex. While this cause of fainting can be frightening to those who witness it, fainting is rarely life-threatening. People with simple fainting experience a sudden drop in blood pressure, and/or heart rate often while they are standing or sitting.

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