What is 24-hour blood pressure monitoring?
Your blood pressure is taken at regular intervals over a 24-hour period while you continue with your normal daily activities.
A cardiac physiologist will fit an inflatable cuff around your arm. The cuff is connected to a small monitor that stores the test results. The monitor is attached to a belt around your body.
During the 24-hour period of wearing the monitor, the cuff will inflate every half an hour during the day and every hour during the night. We will ask you to come back to us to remove the monitor at the same time the next day.
Why the need for 24-hour blood pressure monitoring?
It is normal for blood pressure to change during the day as it responds to anxiety, exercise, sleep or any blood pressure medication that you may be taking. As a result, taking a single blood pressure measurement in the clinic is not always a very accurate way of checking your blood pressure.
Read more about the 24-hour blood pressure monitor in our patient information leaflets below.