Skipping a meal, a fright, a sharp pain, or acute fatigue can cause a person to faint, but some people have recurring fainting spells. Tilt table testing may explain the reasons behind these fainting spells.
The tilt table is a non-invasive test designed to see how changes in your posture affect your blood pressure and heart rhythm. Patients lie on a bed and the bed tilts at different angles for two minute intervals, always with the head upright. The table moves from a horizontal to a near vertical position. During the test, blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate/rhythm are measured.