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Tilt Testing Clinic
Main clinic telephone no(s): 01473 704136 (24 hour answer phone)
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Directions from entrance to clinic:
Car Park F. View car parking information.
Entrance 2
Follow signs to Rapid Assessment Clinic. Next to Sproughton Ward. View hospital map.
Overview: A tilt test is used to help doctors determine the cause of faints, blackouts, dizziness or falls.
The aim of the test is to reproduce your symptoms whilst monitoring your blood pressure and heart rate.
Clinic times: Wednesdays - 9am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm
What to expect at your appointment: The test involves lying flat on a special couch that can tilt. It has a footplate at the bottom to rest your feet on. Straps are used across the lower half of your body to secure you to the couch and a small table is placed across you at waist level.
Electrodes are placed on your chest to record your heart rhythm and rate, and a small blood pressure cuff is connected to one of your fingers. You will feel the cuff inflate and deflate throughout the test. A nurse will be with you throughout the test.
You will be asked to lie still during the test. Talking can disturb the information being recorded so please only speak to let us know that you are experiencing symptoms. The couch will then be tilted until you are in an almost upright position (see picture), where you will remain for a maximum of 40 minutes. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be recorded throughout this time. If after 20 minutes you have not experienced any symptoms you will be given a medication which involves one squirt of a drug under your tongue.
The maximum amount of time you will be tilted for will be 40 minutes and the test will be stopped if you experience your previous symptoms or your blood pressure or pulse falls.
Symptoms that you may experience are light-headedness, sweating, nausea or a feeling as if you are about to faint or blackout. We recommend that if possible a friend or relative accompanies you to and from your appointment as you may feel a little light-headed after the test. 
When and where to get results of any tests: The results of the test will be sent to the consultant who requested it. He or she will then decide if further tests or appointments are necessary.
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