Features February 2012 Issue

Ambulatory Blood Pressure May Best Predict Health Events

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke because a weakened blood vessel can break and bleed in the brain. By monitoring your blood pressure for 24 hours you and your doctor can see when your blood pressure rises, and then design a medication regimen to treat you.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure May Best Predict Health Events

Readings taken over an extended period of time can help give physicians a better picture of your health.

There are several factors that can affect your blood pressure reading. Rushing to get to an appointment on time or “white coat syndrome” (a spike in blood pressure, probably caused by anxiety, that some patients experience when they are in a doctor’s office) can all provide doctors with false readings. In an effort to combat this, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), which involves wearing a blood pressure monitor for several hours, can help give your doctor a more accurate reading.

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