WHAT IS AN ABP RECORDING?
An ABP (ambulatory blood pressure) recording measures your blood pressure over a 24-hour period, typically recording it at half hourly intervals while you are awake and hourly during the hours of sleep.
If all measurements are successful typically around forty (40) readings will be obtained over the 24 hours, giving a very accurate picture of your true blood pressure during your normal daily activities and also during sleep when BP normally falls.
The recorder is placed in a pouch with a shoulder strap and is also attached by tubing to a BP cuff on your upper arm.
It is important that under no circumstances you get the recorder wet during the procedure so you should shower or bathe before attending for your appointment.
Other normal daily activities can be undertaken and are in fact encouraged so that the measurements recorded reflect an average day.