Diagnostic Testing
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Cardiac Testing

What is the test?

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is used to evaluate high blood pressure as it relates to diabetes, cardiac disease, renal disease, and other chronic health problems. It is a painless noninvasive method to record your blood pressure away from your doctor's office, as you go about your daily activities.

How do I prepare?

There is no special preparation for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. A cardiac technician will give you guidelines to keep in mind during the monitoring period.

What can I expect during the test?

A technician will fit you with a portable blood pressure cuff, which you will wear on your arm under your clothing. This will connect directly to a small recording device that attaches to your belt. You will be asked to wear the monitor for a period of 24. Throughout the day, your blood pressure will be taken automatically once an hour; at night, it will be taken once every two hours. During the monitoring period, you cannot shower, but a sponge bath is fine. Follow your normal daily routine, including work and exercise. You will also be asked to keep a diary, noting times and activities and any symptoms you feel.

How and when will I get my test results?

After you return the monitor, your primary care physician will discuss the results with you.

Where is the test performed?

Ambulatory blood pressure is available through the Cardiac Services Department at Cayuga Medical Center, 101 Dates Drive, off NYS Route 96, in Ithaca.

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