Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Purposes of the investigation:
  • Assess your blood pressure condition.
  • Assess any abnormal blood pressure.
  • Assess the effectiveness of prescribed medication.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) measures blood pressure at regular intervals. This is a small machine, about the size of a portable radio. You wear it on your waist for a specific period. The blood pressure cuff on the monitor can be worn under your clothes without anyone seeing it. This monitor records your blood pressure every 15 to 60 minutes of a normal day. The information collected can help you and your doctor see if your blood pressure treatment is working.

The Procedure:
  • You are required to wear a battery-operated machine for 24 hours.
  • This machine is used to record your blood pressure periodically.
  • Under most circumstances, the procedure takes 10-20 minutes and you are not required to stay in hospital overnight.
  • You are required to come according to your appointment date for the wearing of the machine and come back on the next day for the dislodgement of the machine.
Risks and Benifits:
  • Risks: ABPM is an easy carry machine, you can have your daily activity as usual, without any influences to your daily life.
  • Benifits: ABPM is an absolutely safe procedure but beware not to take shower or splash any water over the machine, to avoid damage the machine or loosen of electrode dots, avoid other investigation such as X-rays, CT or MRI.