Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor
Blood pressure monitors record your blood pressure every 30–60 minutes throughout the day and night. The information collected can help you and your doctor to see if you need treatment to lower your blood pressure or if current treatment is working.
Reasons your doctor may want you to have a blood pressure monitor include:
- If you have “borderline” high blood pressure (sometimes high, sometimes normal)
- If you and your doctor can’t keep your blood pressure normal
- If you have blood pressure problems caused by other medicines
- If you are pregnant and have high blood pressure
- If you have fainting spells
Your blood pressure monitor
Slightly larger than an iPod®, a blood pressure monitor is a small machine that is worn on a belt or in a pouch. The blood pressure cuff on the monitor can be worn under your clothes without anyone seeing it.
Leave the blood pressure monitor on for 24 hours. You should not shower with the monitor. Instead, please take a sponge bath. Be careful not to immerse the monitor in water.
Blood pressure diary
You will be asked to keep a diary of your day’s activities so your doctor will know when you were active and when you were resting.
What happens after wearing the monitor?
After 24 hours of monitoring, you will return the monitor, cuff and your diary. The blood pressure information will be transferred from the monitor to a computer. Then your doctor will review the information with you to decide if your treatment is working or if changes are necessary.