How do I prepare for a tilt table test?

Avoid eating or drinking for four to six hours before your tilt table test. This will minimize the chances of nausea and vomiting.

Generally you can take your usual medications with a small amount of water, but ask your doctor to be sure. It is best to avoid taking diuretics or laxatives, as the tilt table test typically takes about 90 minutes, and you will not be able to use the restroom during that time.

If you have diabetes, be sure to inform the staff at the testing center when you call to schedule your appointment. It may be best to schedule the test at a time that allows you to eat a light meal beforehand and still be done in time for your next meal.

For convenience, you should dress in a comfortable short-sleeved shirt or blouse that buttons down the front. This will make it easier to apply the blood pressure cuff and the electrode patches that connect to the electrocardiogram recorder, as well as to start an intravenous line.

Finally, for your safety, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home.

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