Elevated blood pressure readings indicate hypertension. An accurate diagnosis of hypertension is essential to formulate a treatment plan to prevent long-term complications. However, having the blood pressure measured in a doctor’s clinic may make a patient nervous, which may elevate the blood pressure reading artificially. This is known as “white-coat” hypertension. A one-off blood pressure reading is also insufficient to determine the type of hypertension, and also if the treatment is working.
ABP monitoring helps your cardiologist get a more accurate picture of your blood pressure patterns during your day-to-day activities outside of the clinic and at various time points throughout the day.
An ABP measures:
- 24-hour average blood pressure
- Daytime average blood pressure
- Night-time average blood pressure
- Blood pressure load
- Nocturnal blood pressure dipping
These measurements help your cardiologist come to a more accurate diagnosis of the type of hypertension, and therefore formulate a more effective treatment plan for you.