Preparation for this test involves fasting for 4 hours prior to the test.
There will be a nurse and doctor present during the test. Sticky dots and ECG leads will be applied to your chest so that your heart can be monitored. A blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm.
The test involves you lying on a table with a foot plate and a strap around your waist. During the procedure the table will be tilted so that you are standing upright on the footplate while your pulse and blood pressure are recorded. The tilt or “standing” part of the test will be performed twice. Once without medication and then when you are stood up again you will be given a medication which increases your heart rate.
After the test you will be given a drink and small snack in the department. There should be no ill effects from your test; however we would strongly urge you not to drive and to arrange to have someone accompany you home following the test.