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24-hour Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

The practice provides 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) service to our patients, and to anyone registered with a GP in Stockport.

Patients who are suspected to have Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) can be referred for 24 hour blood pressure monitoring by their GP after initial investigations.

It is normal for blood pressure to change during the day as it responds to anxiety, exercise, sleep or any blood pressure medication that you may be taking.

As a result, taking a single blood pressure measurement is not always a very accurate way of checking your blood pressure.

 

Once you have been fitted with a 24-hour ABPM, a reading will take place every 30 minutes during the day, and every 60 minutes during the night. The monitor may take 1 or 2 readings each time.

Whilst wearing the monitor, it is important to note that:

  • You will be unable to have a bath or a shower during the 24-hour period you are wearing the monitor.
  • It would be helpful if you could wear a loose-fitting short‑sleeved top and a belt of some kind if possible.
  • If you intend to drive whilst wearing the monitor we would advise that you inform your car insurance provider.

Click here for more information about wearing a 24 hour Blood Pressure Monitor