Test Preparation
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small unit worn on your arm that takes your blood pressure and records changes or fluctuations over a period of time (usually 24 hours). It is usually ordered for the evaluation of hypertension or hypotension and for the evaluation of blood pressure medication.

Before the Test: There is no preparation for this procedure. However, please wear comfortable clothing with easy access to your upper arms. Please note: this test is not covered by OHIP and there is an $80 fee required.

During the Test: A blood pressure monitor will be attached to your arm and a small recording device will be placed around your waist. The blood pressure cuff will inflate every 30 minutes on your arm during the day and every 60 minutes during the evening. You cannot shower or bathe while the monitor is attached to you.

After the Test: You will be able to return to your normal activities when the test is complete, unless your physician or technician tells you otherwise.

What to Bring: To avoid delays on the day of your test, ensure that you bring your health card and your requisition. As well, bring your current list of medications.