Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
An ABPM is a small portable BP (blood pressure) machine that measures your BP every 15 to 30 minutes over 24hrs, including during your sleep. It stores your BP readings which will be analyzed by your cardiologist.
What to expect
Your blood pressure is being measured as you move around, living your normal daily life. So as to get a clear idea of how your blood pressure changes throughout the day.
- A digital blood pressure monitor is attached to a belt around your waist and connected to a cuff around your upper arm.
- Wear comfortable and loose clothings, preferably a short sleeve top.
- Do take your medication, if any, as advised by your cardiologist and document them.
- After each daytime and evening recording, please document the time, your activity and symptoms (if any).
- It is important to relax your arm and stop your activity each time the machine takes a reading (you will feel the cuff inflates).
- Note down the time you go to bed and the time when you wake up.
- Do not shower or bathe when wearing the machine.
- Do not go to the gym or exercise.
- Do not come in contact with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems.