This service is available through Coffs Medical Centre only.  The 24-Hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is designed to monitor your blood pressure (BP) for 24 hours, including at night. In general, this device takes a reading every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during the night.

24-hour BP readings are more reliable than a one off reading. Patients often experience “white coat” hypertension (elevated BP in the presence of a doctor) 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 are hypotensive.

A portable monitor is worn on a belt connected to a standard 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.

At the end of the 24 hour period, the machine is returned to the clinic and the blood pressure information is transferred onto a computer.

The 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.

Blood pressure monitoring is extremely safe. Some people experience slight pain or a rash on the upper arm where the pressure cuff is located.