Tilt table test anyone??

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   Posted 5/21/2012 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I am going in for a tilt table test in a week and wanted to know what exactly they do.. I heard some drs give you IV meds to "make" you have your symptoms and wanted to know if there was any truth to that? I did ask my dr if he did such a thing and he re-assured me that the only thing he would be giving me is a nitro sublingual tablet. The hospital  said that the whole test takes about 4-5 hours... I know the actual test itself only takes an hour or so. The hospital also said there is prep time and recovery time so that is why it takes so long. I have to admit Im a little scared right now. Why on earth would I need to recover if Im just going to be tilted on a table back and forth?? Im suffering from Innapropriate Sinus Tachacardia so my heart rate can go anywhere from 90 bpm to 200bpm. Not a fun thing that's for sure.  Any advice/input would be great... Thanks

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   Posted 5/21/2012 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi NSearch212,

I had the tilt table test done back in 2006... and it was one of the things that led to me being diagnosed w/ POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome).

It's late and I'm tired... and, truth be told, I'm a little hazy on everything that went on during the test. I don't think I had IV meds during the test. The main objective is to see what your heart rate and blood pressure does when subjected to positional change. Like you, I was having a resting HR of about 100.... and any activity bumped it up to about the 180's+. Like you said, not a fun thing for sure.

Re: the recovery - I think it's more because it IS putting stress on your heart and it is common to be fatigued, etc. after a test like that... In fact, some people can actually "faint" in certain positions.... but you are strapped to the board and constantly monitored for symptoms.

It is a relatively straight-forward test.... so I would try not to worry too much about it.... and try to think of it in terms that the data will be helpful to figure out what is going on w/ you..... and hopefully lead to you getting on proper meds and so forth.

Wish I could remember more, I'm sorry! But I do wish you luck w/ your test... and please update us and let us know how it goes. Take good care. --Tina
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