What happens before a tilt table procedure?

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The following are the things you need to know before a tilt table procedure to assess syncope or fainting:
  • Your physician will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the test. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.
  • Notify the technologist if you are allergic to or sensitive to medications or latex.
  • Fasting may be required before the procedure. Your physician will give you instructions as to how long you should withhold food and/or liquids.
  • If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician.
  • Notify your physician of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
  • Notify your physician if you have a pacemaker.
  • You should make arrangements to have someone drive you home after the procedure, as you will most likely be told not to drive afterwards.
  • Based upon your medical condition, your physician may request other specific preparation.

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