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Head-up Tilt Table Test (HUTT)- An Overview

Recurring fainting spells could be a warning sign of something serious. This symptom requires immediate investigation with a tilt table test procedure.

Also called the head-upright tilt test or passive head-up tilt test, it is a diagnostic procedure to test those suffering from Syncope. Dr. Karthigesan may recommend HUTT to determine the reason for your Syncope, the underlying risks, and the severity of the issue.

Dr. Karthigesan is a leading cardiologist specializing in interventional cardiology, device therapy, and electrophysiology. He may recommend the HUTT to assess vitals like your heart rate and blood pressure continuously while the table tilts at different angles but always remains in a heads-up position.

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Conditions Diagnosed

Dr. Karthigesan may suggest this test to determine the reasons for your:

  • Fainting spells
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness

The head-up tilt table test determines if an abnormal heart rate, a slow heart rate (Bradycardia), or blood pressure is causing your Syncope spells.

What to Expect With HUTT

  • Avoid eating or drinking for two or more hours.
  • Take your routine medications unless your doctor advises you otherwise.
  • You will be made to lie down on a table, after which you will be connected to an ECG machine and a blood pressure measuring device in one arm.
  • You will be comfortably strapped securely over your chest and legs to keep you from falling or sliding off.
  • A clinical assistant will then tilt the table in a heads-up position at 60-70 degrees.
  • The table remains in this position for twenty or thirty minutes.
  • Your heart rate and BP are continuously monitored during this period.
  • If you do not respond, you may be given a sublingual nitroglycerine spray under your tongue and monitored for ten minutes.
  • The test is immediately terminated if you develop any dizziness or faintness while lying there on the table.
  • Your doctor may recommend more tests depending on the test results to rule out other reasons for your Syncope.
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