Tilt Table

Tilt Table Test

Have you been feeling dizzy or lightheaded, seemingly without a clear cause? These symptoms can be unsettling, interrupt daily life, and create a cause for concern about your overall heart health. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we understand the urgency and worry that comes with these unexplained episodes. The tilt table test is a simple yet effective diagnostic tool that simulates changes in position and monitors your body's response. Our experienced team uses these insights to develop a treatment strategy that suits your unique needs. Read below for details about what it is and what to expect. 

What is a Tilt Table Test, and Who Needs It?

A tilt table test will help assess how your body reacts to changes in position, particularly from lying down to standing up. It is specifically designed to help identify the causes of fainting or lightheadedness, which can be symptoms of various underlying conditions such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or unexplained fainting. It's particularly beneficial for individuals who have experienced episodes of unexplained fainting or dizziness. These symptoms can disrupt daily activities and pose serious safety risks, especially if they occur during activities like driving or operating heavy machinery. If you or someone you know has encountered these challenges, discussing the possibility with a healthcare provider could be an important step toward finding answers.

Understanding Your Body's Response During a Tilt Table Test

During a tilt table test, your body’s cardiovascular response to gravity change is closely monitored. You are securely strapped to a table, which then tilts to raise your upper body, mimicking a change from lying down to a standing position. This process enables us to observe how your heart rate and blood pressure respond to these changes. Monitoring these responses helps us understand the signaling between your heart and brain. For some, the heart rate increases significantly when the body changes position; for others, blood pressure might drop. These reactions can lead to symptoms like dizziness or fainting. Observing these responses allows our team to pinpoint abnormalities in your body’s natural reflexes that help maintain blood pressure and heart rate.

What to Expect During and After a Tilt Table Test

Knowing what to expect can ease any nerves about undergoing a tilt table test. Initially, you'll be asked to lie flat on a table, which is equipped with safety straps and monitors to track your heart rate and blood pressure. Once you’re positioned and secure, the test begins, with the table being tilted to different angles for various periods. The entire process typically lasts about an hour or so, during which our medical team will be with you every step of the way, ensuring your comfort and safety. It's normal to feel a bit anxious about the test, so feel free to discuss any concerns with our team beforehand. After the test, you might feel a little lightheaded or dizzy, but these sensations usually subside quickly. Our staff will ensure you are stable and comfortable before you leave. Results from your tilt table test will be discussed during a follow-up appointment, where we can go over any findings and discuss next steps if necessary.

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How a Tilt Table Test Influences Your Treatment Plan

The information gained from a tilt table test is invaluable in shaping your treatment plan. Should the test indicate a susceptibility to sudden drops in blood pressure or abnormal heart rate responses, we might recommend several strategies. These could include dietary changes, like increasing salt intake to boost blood volume or medications that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. In some cases, physical therapy designed to strengthen your circulatory system might be advisable, along with lifestyle modifications to help manage or mitigate symptoms.

Are You Interested in a Tilt Table Test? 

Do you worry about your dizzy spells? Then get the answers you need today by calling the team at Capitol Cardiology Associates. Our goal is to provide dependable diagnostic services and comprehensive care that addresses the root cause of your symptoms. Contact our office if you have questions or when you’re ready to schedule an appointment. 

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair