Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is also sometimes called 24-hour BP monitoring. It is an investigation to find out what your blood pressure is like over a full day. ABPM machines are small and are usually attached to a belt, which you wear around your waist. You will also have a cuff around your arm. The machine will be set to take readings of your blood pressure at regular intervals throughout the day and night. This will usually be every 15 minutes or half an hour during the day and every hour throughout the night. The machine records all the readings and after 24 hours has passed you can remove the machine and give it back to the clinic. We will then look at all of the readings and take an average recording of your blood pressure. During the 24 hours that you wear the machine you should do whatever you would normally do. When the machine takes a reading keep your arm steady with the cuff at the same level as your heart and, if you can, sit down. You will also be asked to keep a diary of what you have been doing just before the readings are taken, what time you go to bed and get up and when you take your medications.

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