Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
ABPM is a 24-hour recording of your blood pressure taken during your normal daily activities. It is mainly intended to check if you have hypertension or if your blood pressure is well controlled by your treatment. It can also be useful in associating your symptoms with possible changes in blood pressure.
How is it done?
The cardiorespiratory technician places a cuff on your arm and connects it to a recording device worn on a belt or over the shoulder in an appropriate carrying pouch. The device automatically measures your blood pressure according to a pre-programmed schedule. A diary is provided for you to complete. During the 24-hour period, you should go about your normal activities, except for taking a bath, and follow the instructions given by the technician. After 24 hours, remove the equipment and go back to the clinic.
No preparation is required. You only need to wear loose clothing, preferably with short sleeves.
How long does it take?
It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to fit the equipment. The report is ready in about 7 business days.
Is there any risk involved?
This exam is completely safe with no risk involved.