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Blood Pressure Measurements (BP)

Blood Pressure Measurements (BP)

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What is this?

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is a non-invasive method of obtaining blood pressure readings over a 24-hour period, whilst the patient is in their own environment, representing a true reflection of their blood pressure.

What are the uses of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?

To obtain a twenty-four hour record – more reliable than one-off measurements. Studies have shown that increased blood pressure readings on ABPM are more strongly correlated to end-organ damage than one-off measurements – eg, left ventricular hypertrophy.

  • To detect white coat hypertension.
  • It may have prognostic use – higher readings on ABPM are associated with increased mortality.
  • Response to treatment.
  • Masked hypertension.
  • Episodic dysfunction.
  • Autonomic dysfunction.
  • Hypertensive symptoms whilst on antihypertensive medications.
  • It may be more cost-effective in the long term than office blood pressure measurement.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is when your blood pressure is being measured as you move around, living your normal daily life. It is normally carried over 24 hours. It uses a small digital blood pressure machine that is attached to a belt around your body and which is connected to a cuff around your upper arm. It small enough that you can go about your normal daily life and even sleep with it on.

A 24-hour blood pressure measurement is just the same as a normal blood pressure check: a digital machine takes your blood pressure by inflating a cuff around your upper arm and then slowly releasing the pressure. The machine is small enough to be worn on a belt on your waist while the cuff stays on your upper arm for the full 24 hours.

The machine then takes blood pressure readings at regular intervals throughout the day: usually, every 15-30 minutes during the daytime and 30-60 minutes at night. You will need to keep the monitor on through the night – you could put the machine under the pillow or on the bed while you sleep.

Because the test is being carried out to find out what your normal daily blood pressure is, it is important to carry on with your normal routine and do all the things you would normally do. The only things you should avoid doing for the day are swimming and having a bath or shower.

At the end of the 24 hours you can remove the machine and cuff and give it back to the hospital or surgery. The machine will have stored all your readings and these will then be analysed.

Prices

BP readings includes Height & Weight £5.00

24hrs BP Readings includes a full report from a consultant £95.00