Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is the gold standard for assessing blood pressure.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is the gold standard test for assessing blood pressure. In particular, it is used for diagnosing hypertension (high blood pressure), evaluating white coat hypertension (high blood pressure in the doctor’s office, and normal blood pressure at home), evaluating masked hypertension (normal blood pressure in the doctor’s office, and high blood pressure at home), and monitoring resistant hypertension (blood pressure that is difficult to control with medications). ABPM is the number one recommended test for evaluating blood pressure by Canadian and international clinical practice guidelines.
The test consists of wearing a special kind of blood pressure monitor that performs measurements at intervals during the day and night to give a good idea of what the blood pressure looks like at different times of the day and night. After the test is performed, a doctor who specialises in reporting ABPM studies, and in treating blood pressure, will provide an interpretation. This report will determine whether blood pressure is high enough to warrant treatment.
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What happens during an ABPM study?
Frequently Asked Questions - Patients
After your ABPM test is complete the results will be sent to a specialist doctor for analysis and reporting. Once the report is complete, it will be either sent to your family doctor, or given to you.
Frequently Asked Questions - Physicians
Our ABPM studies are analysed, reported, and signed by a hypertension specialist.
Yes. Our partnering physicians accept referrals for management of patients with complicated hypertension conditions.