A tilt table test is generally safe, and complications are rare. But, as with any medical procedure, it does carry a risk of complications.
Potential complications include:
- Prolonged low blood pressure
- Prolonged pause between heartbeats (asystole)
These complications usually go away when the table is returned to a horizontal position.
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