24-hour blood pressure monitoring


Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Our 24-hour blood pressure monitoring service is a non-invasive way of taking recordings over a prolonged period of time


Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a non-invasive way to record your blood pressure over 24 hours. This consistent monitoring can give a good picture of how your blood pressure changes over a day or help to work out the most effective medication for you if you have high blood pressure.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    You'll need to wear a blood pressure cuff around your non-dominant arm, which is attached to a small monitoring device. You'll wear the monitoring device, which is about the size of a small mobile phone, on a belt around your waist. It is small enough that you can continue your normal activities and sleep with it on.

    The cuff will inflate automatically every 20 minutes throughout the day, and hourly after 11pm. You'll need to keep it on for the full 24 hours. You could put the monitor under a pillow or on the bed while you sleep.

    You should do everything you'd normally do, except for swimming or having a bath or shower.

  • How to prepare icon plus

    There is no special preparation needed for this test but as the machine makes a whirring noise when it inflates, you may wish to choose the day you do it.

  • Afterwards icon plus

    Your results will be downloaded by our cardiology department as soon as you return the monitor. The results will then be sent to your doctor within 24 hours.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.

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