THE BEST CARDIOLOGISTS IN VIDHYARANYAPURA
Ambulatory blood pressure measurement
Ambulatory blood pressure measurement (ABPM) is now available in some centres. This auto-
matic device takes the blood pressure regularly over a 24-hour period and charts the results.
It can be helpful when there is continuing doubt about other readings, although the results
can be difficult to interpret. Average ambulatory measurements have been shown to be up to
25/10 mmHg lower than those made in the surgery.
ABPM adds to the assessment of blood pressure. The absence of diurnal variations in blood
pressure is strongly associated with increased CVD risk.
Patients quite often feel that they can tell when their blood pressure is high and that
they only need anti-hypertensive treatment intermittently. This approach should be strongly