Ambulatory monitoring of blood pressure (AMBP) is a non-invasive exam (i.e., it does not require opening the patient) that records blood pressure over a period of 24 hours. Blood pressure is taken every 30 minutes during the day (7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and once every hour at night (11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.). The different blood pressure readings are recorded on a device connected to the blood pressure cuff.
During a visit to the ambulatory clinic, a blood pressure cuff is placed around the patient's arm. The patient then wears the recording device attached to a strap or on a belt.
For this visit:
During the appointment, a technologist will install the device and give instructions for the next 24 hours. Patients then carry on with their normal routine while wearing the device, which they must bring back at the time indicated by the technologist.
The device must not get wet (in the pool, bath or shower), and patients must continue with their normal daily activities.
The results are sent to the doctor who prescribed the exam.