This is a relatively new method of diagnosis for people with hypertension (high blood pressure) that is thought to be more accurate than previous methods. In a lot of cases, having a blood pressure reading taken can cause a lot of stress, particularly if you have received abnormal results in the past (this is often referred to as the white coat effect, a temporary increase in blood pressure that occurs in clinical settings).
This can make patients feel anxious during the reading, which can lead to an abnormally high result and, subsequently, a misdiagnosis. It is currently thought that roughly 25% of diagnoses made through straightforward in-clinic blood pressure tests are inaccurate. With ABPM, the patients blood pressure is automatically measured throughout the course of a full day, without the patient having to take any of their own readings.
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Fluctuations in blood pressure due to the stress of a visit to the doctor can make one-off readings inaccurate. This method of testing ensure that your doctor gets a reliable, accurate reading of your blood pressure.
No. The device we will give you to wear takes the readings for you over a period of 24 hours. You do not have to do anything other than wear it!
An arm cuff will be fitted around your arm, and attached to a monitoring device which will be attached at your waistband. The readings are taking automatically, and cause no discomfort.