The Clinical Use of apneABP Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Equipment, SpO2 & Actigraph
Meditech apneABP multifunctional monitor combines an ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment with a pulse oximeter (SpO2) and an actigraph.
Apart from the core functions, which include diagnosing hypertension and pre-screening for obstructive sleep apnea, apneABP supports the differentiation between the types of dyspnea (shortness of breath) complaints by making physical activity-induced oxygen desaturation episodes visible. The origin of dyspnea can either be pulmonary (COPD, asthma) or cardiac (DCM – dilated cardiomyopathy or left ventricular dysfunction).
The Use of Meditech apneABP Monitor in Practice
- Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
With its pulse oximetry technology, apneABP is suitable for recognizing and pre-screening obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Save time and money by sending those patients to more complex (and therefore costly) sleep lab test only, who need them!
- Controlling Hypertension
Meditech apneABP monitor functions as an ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment, so it provides full ABPM profile. As obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is the most common cause of secondary hypertension, the combined ABPM, and pulse oximetry technology may reveal useful information on the patient’s medical condition.
Approximately 40% of hypertensive patients have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. When the hypertensive patient has obstructive sleep apnea:
- the hypertension is typically diastolic;
- nighttime blood pressure dipping is decreased or missing;
- nighttime blood pressure variability is usually elevated.
- Assessing COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by airflow reduction due to heavy tobacco smoking, air pollution or genetics. Shortness of breath does not always occur during sleep and in contrast to asthma, the airflow reduction does not improve significantly with medication. It is important to note that spirometry is the gold standard for diagnosing COPD while apneABP combined ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment, pulse oximeter, and actigraph supports a rapid assessment only.
- Assessing Asthma
As a pulse oximeter measures the amount of oxygen in the blood, it can show if the blood oxygen levels drop due to physical activity (sign of asthma). Again, it is important to note that spirometry is used in most cases for diagnosing asthma while apneABP combined ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment, pulse oximeter, and actigraph supports a rapid assessment only.
- CPAP therapy control
You can monitor the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy by using apneABP combined ambulatory blood pressure monitoring equipment, pulse oximeter, and actigraph.
For all these reasons, Meditech apneABP, which incorporates versatile functions in one small, mobile device, is a convenient and affordable tool to find the proper medical treatment.