Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is a portable blood pressure machine worn for 24 hours. The blood pressure cuff is fitted to your upper arm and activates regularly to take your blood pressure whilst you are undertaking normal daily activities. ABPM is performed on people who have high blood pressure (hypertension) that is difficult to control with medication or on people with variable blood pressure.
You will wear a small device on a belt around your neck. At intervals throughout the day and night (for 24 hours) the recorder inflates the cuff tightly on your arm to take a blood pressure measurement. The monitor stores these measurements for later analysis. You should complete a diary particularly noting if you have any of your symptoms (palpitations, dizziness etc).
This test is risk and pain free.
- There is no need to fast
- Shower before having your monitor fitted. You will be unable to shower or get wet with the monitor on
- Take regular medications unless advised by your doctor
- You should wear loose fitting clothes, especially around the upper arm
- Our nursing staff will fit the device and provide you with all necessary instructions
The ABPM is fitted one morning by nursing staff and removed the following morning.
The doctor will report your test and give you your results at your next visit or send them to your GP the next day.