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How Will the Head-Up Tilt Table Test Feel?

You may feel nothing at all during the head-up tilt table test, or you may feel like passing out. Some people completely pass out during the test. It is important to tell your doctor or nurse about any symptoms you feel. As part of the test, your doctor may give you a medication called Isuprel or a nitroglycerin spray under your tongue. This may make you feel nervous or jittery or you may feel your heart beat faster or stronger. This feeling will go away as the medication wears off.

What Happens After the Head-Up Tilt Table Test?

Most likely, you will be able to go home after the head-up tilt table test is over. You should have someone with you to drive you home. After your doctor receives your test results, your medications may be changed. Your doctor also may tell you that you need new medications or additional tests or procedures.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on March 23, 2013
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