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Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor (ABPM) - An Overview

ABPM or Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring test monitors your BP for 24 hours as you do your routine work. ABPM is done with a small portable digital device that can be conveniently attached around your upper arm. You can wear it even while sleeping and go about your daily routine.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is a preferred tool for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. This non-invasive approach is deemed more reliable than single-time blood pressure readings. ABPM monitors the patient's blood pressure throughout a 24-hour cycle, offering a comprehensive picture of their cardiovascular health.

Moreover, many patients experience “White Coat hypertension”, where their BP shoots up in the presence of a doctor. In such cases, people are mostly wrongly diagnosed with Hypertension. To mitigate this, multiple readings taken across different time periods can be instrumental in obtaining an accurate health assessment.

Dr. Karthigesan may check your BP with the ambulatory monitoring method to check if you have Hypertension, one of the most common reasons of cardiovascular diseases. As one of Chennai’s most renowned cardiologists, Dr. Karthigesan is the go-to person for all heart-related ailments and device procedures.

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Conditions Diagnosed

Dr. Karthigesan may recommend ABPM if you:

  • Have a BP reading that remains unchanged despite the medication
  • Require modifications to your BP medication
  • Have masked Hypertension that requires treatment
  • Have syncope or low blood pressure (Hypotension)
  • Take other medicines that could affect your blood pressure

What to Expect With ABPM

  • The monitoring procedure does not require a hospital stay.
  • A nurse will attach the digital monitor to your upper arm using a cuff which inflates and deflates slowly.
  • An ambulatory blood pressure monitoring generally lasts for 24 hours.
  • Avoid Strenuous physical activities
  • Refrain from excessive showering or swimming
  • Do not remove any part of the monitoring device without consulting your doctor.
  • Your BP readings are taken every once in 15 to 30 minutes throughout the day and every thirty minutes at night.
  • The device stores all the readings, which are later transferred to a computer for further analysis by your doctor.
  • You will be given medications or will be asked to modify the existing ones.
  • Your doctor will also advise you on keeping your BP under control.
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Take Control of Your

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Hypertension is a silent killer. Get yourself checked with an ambulatory blood pressure monitor test at Dr. Karthigesan Clinic, Chennai.

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