ABPM (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring) also known as 24hour Blood Pressure Monitoring
This is a relatively new test. ABPM enables your blood pressure to be monitored over a 24 hour period. This enables the Doctor or Nurse to be able to review your “usual” blood pressure and is an average of 12-15 readings over a 24 hour period. Providing several readings, as well as those carried out in your normal environment/day pattern gives a much truer and accurate reading.
The test involves wearing the blood pressure monitor over a 24hour period and during this time you are advised to continue your normal routine including work, leisure activities and at home. You will be given an appointment with one of the Nursing team to fit it. The monitor is about the size of a walkman and clips onto a belt or can sit in your pocket. The blood pressure cuff remains attached to you all the time. You do not need a second appointment to remove it, unless you need one, as you will be shown how to remove and turn off the monitor which is then returned to the surgery. The results are then uploaded to the computer and the results passed to the Doctor or Nurse who requested it.
An alternative to this for those with a home blood pressure machine is to undertake several readings, twice a day for one week is advised, and return these to the surgery.