Blood Pressure (BP) Holter Monitoring (also known as Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring), is a small device, like the size of a mobile phone, that is used to regularly measure and record blood pressure over a 24 hour period. It is a simple, effective method of monitoring your Blood Pressure over an extended period of time. It gives your physician valuable information about your blood pressure, heart rate, pulse pressure, and mean arterial pressure among other things.
Indications you made need Blood Pressure Holter Monitoring:
- Initial diagnosis of hypertension
- Suspected white-coat hypertension
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Suspected hypertension in pregnancy
- Eva1uation of efficacy of antihypertensive therapy
- Symptoms with antihypertensive medications
- Resistant hypertension
- Hypotensive symptoms (i.e.: dizziness)
What is involved when getting the Holter Monitor on?
It only takes about 10 minutes to havethe Holter put on.
- To allow the Blood Pressure Monitor to be fitted, you will need to remove your blouse or shirt.
- The cuff will be placed just above the elbow on your dominant arm for 24 hours and it will be connected to the
- The Monitor is stored in a cloth pouch and worn diagonally across your chest for the duration of the
- The Monitor automatically inflates the cuff, measures and records blood pressure, and heart rate readings during the day and
- Each time the cuff inflates, relax your arm, letting it hang straight, not Try to keep your arm as still as possible during the reading or the cuff wifl inflate again until a correct reading is taken.
- Do not have X-rays taken while wearing the Blood Pressure Holter
- Please be careful not to get the Monitor You will not be able to shower while you wear the Monitor, so it is beneficial to shower beforehand.
- The Monitor runs on batteries and, therefore, requires no external power
You will return the next day to have it removed and discuss your results with a physician. Those results will also be sent to your primary care physician.