What is an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor?
An ambulatory blood pressure monitor (ABPM) is a small, non-invasive device worn on your arm that takes your blood pressure and records changes or fluctuations over a short 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.
The monitor sits in a pouch held by a waist belt or shoulder strap. At regular intervals, your blood pressure is measured and recorded while you are going about your everyday activities. Once the 24-hour period is over, we analyze the recordings and a report is sent to your doctor.
BEFORE THE TEST
ABPM requires minimal preparation:
- Wear comfortable clothing with easy access to your upper arms.
- Please note this test is NOT covered by OHIP so there is an $80.00 fee required.
- Please ensure you bring your health card, doctor requisition, and a list of any medications.
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.