What the test results mean

The doctor assigned to the lab will review the results and may talk to you about the results if you had significant changes in blood pressure, heart rhythm or heart rate; if you fainted; or if symptoms continue after the test.

A positive tilt table test means you may have a condition that causes an abnormal change in blood pressure, heart rate or heart rhythm.

A negative tilt table test means that there were no signs of a condition that causes an abnormal change in your blood pressure, heart rate or heart rhythm.

A cardiologist will review the results of your test and electronically share them with your referring doctor. If requested, we can fax a copy to your doctor’s office.

Do I need more tests?

Depending on the results of the tilt table test, you may need more tests to determine the cause of you syncope. These tests can include: :

  • Hemodynamic test with echo to check the distribution of blood throughout your body, the pressure in your blood vessels, and how well your heart pumps blood throughout your body.
  • An autonomic reflex test to check your autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary functions like breathing, heartbeat and digestion.
  • Other tests: Sometimes other tests, such as a vestibular function test, heart rate monitoring and echocardiogram, are also needed.

Your healthcare team will talk to you about any additional tests you need before they are scheduled.

Follow-up care

Your referring doctor will explain the test results to you and talk to you about your plan of care.

It is important to ask your doctor about medications. You may need to make changes to the types or amounts of medications you take.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/31/2019.

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