Why is Ambulatory Superior over Clinic Blood Pressure Monitoring?
Raised blood pressure (hypertension) is a global public health issue, which affects nearly 1 billion people worldwide and damages your arteries, heart, brain and kidneys.
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring gives information over and above conventional clinic blood pressure measurements, as growing number of evidence suggests that it predicts cardiovascular mortality and other cardiovascular risk factors more reliably.
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Benefits
- BP readings away from medical environment
Taking blood pressure in a medical environment may lead to white coat hypertension: a condition when blood pressure is normal and becomes raised when visiting the GP only. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring makes it possible to record blood pressure away from the medical environment while normal daily routines are pursued.
- Repeated BP readings
Blood pressure readings are recorded continuously according to preset intervals. Therefore, real blood pressure profile is reflected more accurately.
- Nighttime BP readings
Blood pressure is recorded over a 24-hour period. Therefore, patients whose blood pressure does not reduce at night-time can be identified quickly. The absence of night-time dipping (nocturnal hypertension) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
- More accurate BP profile
Data collected during ambulatory blood pressure monitoring are presented in detailed statistics and coloured charts. In this way not only raised blood pressure can be identified quickly, but also many patterns of blood pressure behaviour that may be relevant to clinical management, such as isolated systolic hypertension, hypotension, dipping and non-dipping.
- Lower Chance of Misdiagnosis
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring saves health and money. When drug prescription is based on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring instead of conventional blood pressure measurements, significantly less antihypertensive medication is prescribed, as ambulatory blood pressure monitoring provides more reliable data.
Raised blood pressure rarely causes symptoms in the early stages therefore many people go undiagnosed. However, there are significant health and economic gains attached to good control of hypertension. Meditech ambulatory blood pressure monitors support early detection and adequate treatment.