24 hrs Blood Pressure Monitor (24 BPM)
Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a way of measuring and managing high blood pressure (hypertension). Doctors talk about hypertension when the systolic (upper value) blood pressure is at or above 130, and the diastolic (lower) blood pressure is at or above 80 (i.e. 130/80). 24 BPM measures and records blood pressure readings over a 24-hour period, whether the patient is awake or asleep.
Ambulatory BP monitoring provides additional information about how changes in your BP may correlate with your daily activities and sleep patterns. Health Guidelines for blood pressure management strongly recommend confirming a diagnosis of hypertension with ambulatory BP monitoring.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is increasingly being used to determine how well some antihypertensive drugs can control high BP. In some cases, antihypertensive drugs don’t control BP effectively throughout the entire day and night. A doctor may need to adjust the dosage prescribed or the time that the medication is given, depending on the patient’s BP patterns. In other cases, more than one drug may be required to stabilize BP.
Ambulatory BP monitoring can also help to predict the likelihood of cardiovascular (blood vessels in the heart) and cerebrovascular (blood vessels in the brain) disease linked to hypertension and organ damage.
Ambulatory BP monitoring may also be suitable in other situations, such as for:
Pregnant women with hypertension
People with “borderline” hypertension
Difficulty controlling BP with medication
BP changes due to other drugs
Changes in prescription medications that may impact BP
Fainting episodes or hypotension (low BP)
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