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How can I determine if my unexplained fainting is due to arrhythmia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you experience episodes of unexplained fainting, this may be due to arrhythmia. Fainting is one symptom of arrhythmia. Your doctor can administer a tilt table test to determine if arrhythmia is the cause. Your doctor will have you lie on a table and slowly tilt the table from a horizontal to vertical position while monitoring your blood pressure and heart rate. This may indicate an irregular heartbeat is responsible for the fainting. IV medications may be administered during the test if the reason for the fainting is diagnosed.

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