Hypertension and blood Pressure Monitoring
High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your chances of developing serious heart disease. For most people, there are often no particular symptoms and therefore you may be unaware that you have high blood pressure.
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, it means your blood pressure is consistently higher than it should be. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack or stroke.
There are a number of reasons why your doctor might recommend ABPM:
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring – the gold standard in BP Monitoring
Setting up a BP monitor will take about 15 minutes. The blood pressure cuff will automatically inflate and deflate, this procedure is typically commenced by one of our expert nurses.
Attaching the monitor
A blood pressure cuff is placed on your upper arm. The cuff stays on your upper arm for a full 24 hours. It is linked to a recording monitor, small enough to be worn on a belt on your waist.
Once the cuff and monitor are comfortably positioned, you will leave the hospital and go about your daily activities as normal. The monitor will measure and record your blood pressure and heart rate at regular intervals.
You will return to the surgery 24 hours later to have your monitor removed, you will also have an ecg to determine any cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat).Your Gp will review the measurements on your monitor.
Simple lifestyle or medication changes are often the next steps that you are recommended to take in order to lower your blood pressure.
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