An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is used for the assessment of your blood pressure over a 24-hour period whilst undertaking your normal work/ home routine. The information collected assesses for hypertension (high blood pressure) or for hypotension (low blood pressure).
It is common for patients to suffer from ‘white coat’ hypertension (elevated blood pressure whilst visiting the Doctor). Multiple readings over the 24-hour period can demonstrate readings within a normal range and ensure you are not wrongly diagnosed and prescribed unnecessary medication.
The monitor will be fitted to your non dominant arm to allow you to complete other normal daily tasks more easily. The device will sit in a pouch and be placed around your neck. Measurements are performed automatically every 30 minutes during the day and every 45 minutes throughout the night period.
You are unable to shower or swim with the device fitted and vigorous exercise is discouraged so that the cuff does not move from the optimal position to obtain measurements. Normal work may be continued and basic household duties can be performed.
This is a non-invasive test performed in our diagnostics room. We ask that you wear loose fitting clothing to allow for the cuff to fit around your arm.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring incurs a fee of $85 as there is no Medicare rebate available.