Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
What is the test?
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
There is no
special preparation for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. A cardiac
technician will give you guidelines to keep in mind during the monitoring
What can I
expect during the test?
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.
when will I get my test results?
After you return
the monitor, your primary care physician will discuss the results with you.
the test performed?
pressure is available through the Cardiac Services Department at Cayuga Medical
Center, 101 Dates Drive, off NYS Route 96, in Ithaca.