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Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring


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An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small device that is worn throughout the day, usually for 24 or 48 hours. 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 or hospital.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitors are valuable for diagnosing and treating high blood pressure in pregnant women and older adults.

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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Last RevisedApril 5, 2011

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