HBP (High Blood Pressure) is a serious medical condition that can lead to cardiac disorders such as stroke, heart failure, and possible death. The human 'blood pressure' is a measurement of the exerted force found within the body's capillary vessels as blood is pumped through them.
There are scenarios where the high blood pressure readings obtained at a clinic might turn out to be inaccurate. A good example is white coat hypertension-a condition where people visiting a hospital or clinic experience false high BP readings because of their tension and anxiety level. To counter this and similar syndromes, a doctor may prescribe a device known as an ambulatory blood pressure monitor for their patients.
Unlike the singular readings obtained at a clinic, ambulatory blood pressure monitors can be worn for longer periods-typically 24 to 48 hours. During this period, the ABPM measures and records your blood pressure over set intervals. The collective results obtained using ambulatory blood pressure monitors provide more detailed information, allowing physicians to make an informed diagnosis.
ambulatory blood pressure monitors may also be used with patients suffering from high risk conditions, such as recent recipients of transplants, and those with cerebrovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. They are used with patients diagnosed with persistently borderline or elevated blood pressure readings. Pregnant women who are suffering from hypertension might be required to wear ambulatory blood pressure monitors. They are also used with senior citizens suffering from systolic hypertension.
The diagnosis of a doctor will be determined by the values obtained from the reading. Normal ambulatory blood pressure levels during the day are measured at <135/<85 while <120/<70 is accepted as normal for the night. Blood pressure readings above 140/90 (day) or 125/75 (night) are considered to be abnormal. The technique used by the physician will also be affected by the type of machine being used. Some machines provide their results in graphic form, while others have digital readings. ABPM devices can also provide mean values for the readings obtained at night, during the day, or overall.
There are a few downsides to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring options. It is hard to work with some ABPM devices without prior training. People without the right skills might cause poor or inaccurate readings. There is also the slight risk of bruising in the location where the cuff is placed. In some cases, patients find that they are unable to sleep comfortably with the cuff in place. However, most of these downsides can easily be resolved by working with the right professionals and using the right products.
There are hundreds of different ambulatory blood pressure monitors available today. You'll find devices made by recognized brands, with varying features that you may or may not need. To guarantee that you get the best quality, it is important that you buy from proven retailers. At Medical Device Depot, all our equipment is sold brand new and is accompanied with a long term warranty. Our experienced representatives are always available to ensure that you buy the best equipment possible for your practice.