What is Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
This allows continuous measurement of the blood pressure over 24 hours, and gives a more accurate idea of blood pressure control than a single measurement in clinic.
How is it carried out?
A small digital blood pressure machine is attached to a belt around the waist and is connected to a blood pressure cuff placed over the upper arm. The machine takes regular readings throughout the day and night, usually every 15-30 minutes during the day and every 30-60 minutes at night. You will be aware of the cuff inflating at regular periods, and although most people become accustomed to this during the test, some do find the regular inflations uncomfortable; if this is the case please speak to your doctor or contact the department where the monitor was fitted to get advice. The more readings obtained, the more useful the result in accurately assessing blood pressure control
You may also be asked to keep a diary during the test, to identify when you go to bed or get up in the morning.
Ambulatory monitoring is very safe with no risk to the patient during recording