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24hr Ambulatry Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring at Oxenhope Pharmacy

At home 24-hour Monitoring, as you go about your daily life

At Oxenhope Pharmacy we offer a FREE 24hr Ambulatory Blood pressure check if your initial clinic reading is high.

Your blood pressure is measured even as you sleep. The ongoing data helps your healthcare provider get a more accurate picture of your blood pressure numbers. The results can confirm a high blood pressure diagnosis and guide treatment.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring takes dozens of readings over a continuous period. In most cases, the device records readings every 15 to 30 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes at night. The device also measures your heart rate (how fast your heart is beating). Your provider uses this data to calculate your average BP over the 24-hour period. They also calculate changes in BP and heart rate, BP distribution pattern and other statistics.

Why is ambulatory blood pressure monitoring used?

Healthcare providers use this method for many reasons, including to:

  • Confirm a diagnosis of hypertension.
  • Identify how changes in your blood pressure relate to your daily activities and sleep patterns. Usually, your systolic BP (your top number) decreases about 10% to 20% when you sleep. However, this isn’t always the case. Your systolic BP may stay the same or go up.
  • See how well your blood pressure medication is controlling your high BP. Your medication may not control your BP throughout the entire day and night. Your provider may need to adjust your dosage or the times that you take your pills, depending on your BP patterns. Or, you may need more than one drug to stabilize your BP.
  • Identify changes in your blood pressure readings at your healthcare provider’s office versus at home. These changes can help show your level of risk for cardiovascular disease.

Who needs ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring can help a wide range of people. Your healthcare provider may recommend ambulatory blood pressure monitoring if you:

  • Have high blood pressure based on readings at your provider’s office, but you haven’t yet started treatment.
  • Need changes to your blood pressure medications.
  • Still have high blood pressure despite medications.
  • Are taking other medications that may affect your blood pressure.
  • Have fainting episodes or hypotension(low blood pressure).
  • Have high blood pressure during pregnancy

What are the benefits of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is an incredibly useful clinical tool that can help you receive the most appropriate care. Among its many benefits, this form of BP monitoring can:

  • Accurately measure your blood pressure: This method measures your BP throughout the day rather than just at one or two time points. This is an accurate way to measure your BP and its patterns since your BP normally changes based on time of day and what you’re doing at any given moment.
  • Rule out white coat syndrome: If your BP is raised only at your provider’s office, you have white coat syndrome. Learning this is the case can prevent you from taking unnecessary medications.
  • Detect masked hypertension: If your BP is low at your provider’s office but high at other times, your typical BP is “masked” (hidden). This cardiovascular disease risk factor would otherwise go unnoticed. In this case, your provider may prescribe medications to lower your BP and lower your risk of stroke and other complications.
  • Guide your treatment plan: This monitoring can help evaluate your response to long-acting hypertensive medications. Your provider can adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Are ambulatory blood pressure monitors accurate?

Yes. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is an accurate and effective way to measure your blood pressure. It gives your healthcare provider better data compared with only measuring your BP at your medical appointments.
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