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Tilt Table Testing for POTS

Are you suspecting you might have POTS and wondering what the diagnostic process looks like?

Your doctor might order an echocardiogram, an EKG, a Holter monitor, blood work, etc. depending on your symptoms. But the general gold standard for diagnosing POTS is a tilt table test.

This has changed a bit in the last few years, as the tilt table test is expensive to run. Still, not enough places run it, and there are a lot of people with POTS symptoms.

So your doctor might perform a poor man’s version of this. This would be checking your heart rate and blood pressure after laying down and then after standing for 2, 5, and 10 minutes.

But let’s go through what the tilt table test usually entails (see the carousel below).

What were your experiences with the tilt table test, and what recommendations would you give to someone just about to have a tilt table test?


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