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24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABP Monitoring)
24-Hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is designed to monitor your blood pressure (BP) for 24 hours, including at night. This is designed to take your readings twice every hour when you are awake and once every hour when you are asleep.
ABPM is used
- In patients with newly discovered ‘hypertension’ whose casual office or clinic blood pressure levels are in the mild category (diastolic blood pressure under 105 mmHg) with no evidence of target organ damage.
- In patients with borderline or labile hypertension.
- For blood pressure management in the compliant patient whose blood pressure is apparently poorly controlled, despite the use of appropriate antihypertensive drug therapy.
- In patients who exhibit worsening of end organ damage, despite adequate blood pressure control on office or clinic readings.
- In patients with a history suggestive of syncope or orthostatic hypotension. In such patients, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring may be best used in conjunction with Holter monitoring.
Before the test
There are no preparations before the test.
You will not be able to shower for 24 hours while the monitor is attached so we suggest you shower before your appointment.
What are the preparations for the 24-hour ABPM and how long does it take?
A technician will fit the monitor and explain the whole procedure. This takes approximately 10-15 minutes. No special preparations are necessary for the test, please wear a shirt that is loose on the arms or a short sleeved/sleeveless shirt.
The device is not waterproof, please Do not shower or bathe while wearing the unit.
What Are the Risks?
There are no known risks associated with ABP monitors.
What should I do after a 24 hour ABP monitoring test?
Please return the ABP monitor to us on time, a cardiologist report of your results will be sent to your GP (usually within 72 Hours).