An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small device that is worn throughout the day, usually
for 24 or 48 hours. The device takes your blood pressure
automatically while you do your normal activities.
The device periodically inflates and takes blood pressure measurements, which are recorded for later printout and
analysis. The devices are usually loaned by a clinic, hospital, or pharmacy.
You doctor might ask you to use one of these monitors if you might have white-coat (or office) hypertension or
there is a difference between the blood pressure you have at home and in your doctor's office. These monitors are
also valuable for diagnosing and treating
high blood pressure in pregnant women and older
If you are required to use an ambulatory blood pressure monitor, keep
in mind that it is important for a health professional to properly size the
cuff, which fits around your arm. Fitting does not take long.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology