Active stand test or orthostatic blood pressure measurement is a test using positional change from supine to standing to study the ability of the autonomic nervous system to regulate heart rate and blood pressure in response to gravitational changes in the distribution og blood volume.
There is no preparation for the study. During the actual examination, you are placed an a tilt table and connected to a computer by way of three electrodes on the chest and abdomen, a blood pressure cuff on the upper arm, and two small blood pressure cuffs on the 2. and 3. finger, respectively. In this way, we can record ECG, heart rate, blood pressure and breathing continuously throughout the study.
After resting for 10 minutes in the supine position, you will be asked to stand up from the tilt table and remain standing for 5 minutes, after which you lreturn to the resting supine position for another 5 minutes.