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24 Hour BP Monitor

Indications

Your doctor may or may have recommended a 24 Hour BP monitor if you are experiencing any of the following situations:

What is a 24 Hour BP Monitor?

(ABPM) Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (24 hour BP monitor) is a test that involves wearing a device for 24 hours to measure your blood pressure as you go about your daily activities and during sleep.

This device takes your blood pressure at regular intervals and records the information on an in-built chip. This helps your doctor get a detailed understanding of how your blood pressure varies throughout the day in your normal environment.

When you come in to have the monitor fitted, a technician will explain the process to you. It’s best to wear a button-down blouse or shirt that’s loose on the arms, or short sleeves. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to shower or bathe while you’re wearing the monitor.

What can I expect during the test?

  1. The fitting process takes about 15 minutes.
  2. The blood pressure cuff will be attached to your non-dominant arm and connected to the monitor via a tube.
  3. You can continue with your regular activities, but avoid any activities where the monitor and tubing could get wet or damaged.
  4. The cuff will automatically inflate at various intervals throughout the day and night. Try to stay as relaxed as possible when this happens.
  5. Use the event button on the monitor to record any symptoms, and make a note of these in the diary provided.
  6. After 24 hours, remove the monitor, place it and the diary back in the pouch, and return it the next day.

What are the risks of the test?

You might experience slight discomfort and numbness after a reading, which is normal. However, if this discomfort persists and becomes unbearable, you should remove the cuff and contact Heartscope. Bruising and swelling can occasionally occur but are uncommon.

Preparation

(This test will take up to 15-30 minutes)

To ensure you’re prepared for the 24-hour BP monitoring test, please note the following instructions:

Showering

While the blood pressure monitor is attached, you won’t be able to shower for 24 hours, so plan your personal hygiene routine accordingly. We advise you shower before your appointment.

Security Deposit

Please bring a $50 security deposit, either in cash or card. This is a precautionary measure in case the monitor is returned late or damaged. After the monitor is returned in good condition within the 24-hour period, this deposit will be refunded to you.

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