Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

What is an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor?

A blood pressure cuff is worn for 24hours and is connected to the monitor by tubing, with the monitor worn on a belt provided. The blood pressure cuff is placed on your non-dominant arm with the monitor and tubing placed under your clothing.

The monitor is programmed to take a blood pressure measurement every 30 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes during the night. This gives the Cardiologist an accurate idea of your blood pressure throughout the day and evening.

Why is the test performed?

High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney problems. Measuring your blood pressure over a 24hour period gives the Cardiologist a good idea of how your blood pressure changes during the day and night. These measurements can then be used by the Cardiologist to make decisions regarding treatment of your blood pressure.

How do I prepare for the test?

For your comfort, we recommend you shower before attending your appointment, as you will not be allowed to shower, bath, swim or perform any activity which may get the monitor wet. Once the monitor is fitted, it may not be removed until the 24 hour monitoring period is complete. Please wear a two piece outfit with a loose fitting shirt / top, preferably with short or no sleeves.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Your referral from your GP or referring specialist (if it is not already held by us).

For more information about high blood pressure and heart health, click here.