24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring is available at Oxford St Medical Center. We accept referrals from other practitioners as well.
What is 24-Hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?
24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is designed to monitor your blood pressure (BP) for 24 hours, while you go about your normal daily activities.
24-Hour BP readings are more reliable than a one-off reading. Patients can experience “white coat” hypertension (elevated BP in the presence of a health care professional) and are wrongly diagnosed with high BP. Multiple readings are useful for evaluating the effectiveness of high BP treatments in patients who have commenced medication or other therapy. It is also a useful tool for monitoring BP in patients who feel weak or who have Low BP.
How does 24-Hour BP Monitoring work?
A portable monitor is worn on a belt connected to a cuff on the upper arm. When complete, the device is linked to a computer that prepares a report of the time of day and average systolic and diastolic blood pressures. You will be asked to fill out a diary indicating your activities over the 24 hour period so that BP changes can be linked to your active or resting state.
At the end of the 24 hour period, the machine and diary is returned to the clinic and the blood pressure information is transferred onto a computer.
How do you Prepare for the appointment?
The Practice nurse will fit the monitor and explain the procedure at the time of consultation. Make sure that sensible attire is worn such as a button-down blouse or shirt that is loose on the arms or short-sleeved. You cannot shower or bathe while wearing the unit.
Is 24-Hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring safe?
Blood pressure monitoring is extremely safe. Some people experience slight pain or a rash on the upper arm where the pressure cuff is located.
HOW TO BOOK
Call Oxford Street Medical Center, (07) 3902 0099 to make an appointment for 24hr Blood Pressure Monitoring. You will need to allow approx 30 mins for fitting and 30 mins for data retrieval the following day (at least 24 hrs later). An appointment can be made with one of our Drs at your convenience to discuss the results.
Oxford Street Medical Center provides our services to the whole of Brisbane, Brisbane South, South Side, Bulimba, Hawthorne, Balmoral, Morningside, Norman Park, East Brisbane, Murarrie, Cannon Hill, Coorparoo, Colmslie, Kangaroo Point.