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Ambulatory Blood Pressure MonitoringAGILIS

It is a small machine, about the size of a portable radio. You wear it on a belt. The blood pressure cuff on the monitor can be worn under your clothes, usually for 24 hours, without anyone seeing it.  The picture to the left shows a person wearing an ambulatory blood pressure monitor.

This machine lets your doctor find out what your blood pressure was every 15 to 30 minutes of a normal day. The information collected by this machine can help you and your doctor see if your blood pressure treatment is working.

Your doctor may want you to use an ambulatory blood pressure monitor for one or more of the following reasons:

  • If you have "borderline" high blood pressure
  • If you and your doctor can't keep your blood pressure under control
  • If you have blood pressure problems caused by your other medicines
  • If you are pregnant and have high blood pressure
  • If you have fainting spells

The monitor may help your doctor find out if you are a person who only has high blood pressure when you are at the doctor's office. This is called "white-coat hypertension."

The small blood pressure cuff that is connected to the monitor will automatically check your blood pressure about every 30 minutes while awake, and once an hour while you are sleeping.  Some people feel a little discomfort from the frequent pressure checks. Some people get a rash, but it usually goes away without treatment.

After 24 hours of monitoring,  you will take the machine to the doctor's office. The blood pressure information is transferred from the monitor to a computer. The computer helps the doctor make sense of the information. Your doctor will review the information with the ordering physician or with the patient during the next scheduled office visit.