Diagnostic Tests

General Information

This test is performed to investigate causes of recurrent blackouts (or syncope) suspected to be due to the cardiovascular system. It will involve continuous ECG and blood pressure monitoring. During the test a head-up tilt is performed to observe the effects on heart rate and blood pressure. It takes around 40mins. It is advisable to avoid a heavy meal prior to and wear comfortable clothes for this test.

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  • Professor Sanders says...

    Atrial fibrillation is a consequence of several reversible risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea, and excessive alcohol. Your management of atrial fibrillation must include strict control of these risk factors.