Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is a diagnostic tool used to measure a person’s blood pressure over a 24-hour period. It involves wearing a portable blood pressure monitor that automatically measures and records blood pressure at regular intervals throughout the day and night. This method provides a more comprehensive and accurate assessment of blood pressure compared to a single blood pressure measurement taken in a doctor’s office.
ABPM is typically used in cases where a person’s blood pressure readings in the doctor’s office are inconsistent or if there is suspicion of white coat hypertension (elevated blood pressure in a medical setting). It helps in diagnosing conditions such as:
Once a diagnosis is made based on the ABPM results, the appropriate treatment plan can be established. Treatment for high or low blood pressure may include:
It is important to note that the treatment approach will vary based on individual factors such as overall health, presence of other medical conditions, and the severity of hypertension or hypotension. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide personalized advice and guidance regarding diagnosis and treatment options.