Are you at risk of heart disease? Does your blood pressure rise unexpectedly during your family doctor visits? Do you experience dizziness and low blood pressure when getting up in the morning? Perhaps 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, also referred to as ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), is right for you!
Findings consistently show that ABPM can more effectively predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) events than standard day-time blood pressure readings. This is primarily due to 2 reasons. First, ABPM can calculate the difference between your daytime and nighttime blood pressure. The absence of a “nocturnal dip” (≥10% lower nighttime blood pressure) or increased nighttime blood pressure can be indicative of an increased risk of CVD events. Secondly, independent prospective studies had found that blood pressure readings while asleep are a better predictor of CVD risk than daytime measurements.
Another benefit of ABPM is the charting of actigraphy. Actigraphy is a non-invasive method of determining your awake and sleep cycle or circadian rhythm. Irregularities of the circadian rhythm are insomnia triggers and may eventually compromise well-being by increasing sensitivity to pain and lowering mood. The results of actigraphy charts can help quantify variability in sleep duration and quality allowing an opportunity to better counsel and advise you on your sleep hygiene.
At Penticton’s Carmi Remedy’s Rx pharmacy, we have the newest technology available for 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. The Ambulo 2400 is a state-of-the-art machine providing incredible accuracy for blood pressure, pulse and actigraphy measurements. It showcases a non-slip cuff, lightweight holster for easy of movement, comfort as well as concealability, pause function allowing you to momentarily halt monitoring and full-color reports that are presented both to you and your physician.
Talk to your doctor or Carmi Remedy’s Rx pharmacist and book your 24 hour blood pressure monitoring today!