Ambulatory 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
What is it?
It is a device for measuring the blood pressure of the patient for about 24 hours.
How is it done?
The study is performed on an outpatient basis and the patient should lead a normal life while the system collects its data.
What does it entails?
A pressure cuff is placed around the upper arm. The cuff is connected to a recorder device that records the blood pressure values obtained.
When is it indicated?
It is used for the diagnosis of patients with suspected hypertension (HT) and to evaluate the effectiveness of antihypertensive treatment during the day and night periods.
Are there any risks or contraindications?
No risks or contraindications for the study.
What implications entail?
The study does not require hospitalization. It is an outpatient test. No shower is allowed during the test.