Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

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What is ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?

24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a tool to check a patient's blood pressure throughout the day and night. Ambulatory monitoring will check one’s blood pressure once per hour, totaling 24 measurements in one day. This will provide providers with a more accurate collection of data which can be used to determine BP distribution pattern and other statistical calculations. It is particularly helpful to see how a patient’s blood pressure varies throughout the day compared to when they are sleeping.

What is ambulatory blood pressure monitoring useful in detecting?

  • Determining if a patient’s blood pressure is only elevated at the doctor’s office (whitecoat hypertension)
  • Determining if a patient’s blood pressure is normal in office but elevated at home (masked hypertension)
  • Determining if a patient has elevated hypertension at home and in the office (sustained hypertension).
  • Pregnant women with hypertension.
  • Those with borderline Hypertension
  • Patients who have resistant hypertension.
  • Patients with a history of fainting and low blood pressure.