24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (APBM) involves measuring blood pressure (BP) at regular intervals (usually every 20–30 minutes) over a 24-hour period while you carry on with normal daily activities. ABPM has the additional advantage of measuring your BP during sleep and it is now known that night time BP may give much valuable information.
Your ABPM is measured with a small monitor, worn in a pouch on a belt, and the monitor is connected to a cuff on your upper arm. This cuff inflates and deflates regularly measuring the systolic (upper) and the diastolic (lower) blood pressure as well as your average blood pressure and heart rate.
If your GP feels that this is a required test you will be scheduled in for the next available APBM Monitor. Please ask at reception for information on appointment times and costs.