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High blood pressure can lead to a number of serious health conditions such as heart failure, stroke, and heart disease. You may already be aware that you suffer from high blood pressure after having your blood pressure tested by your doctor, but a 24 or 48 hour blood pressure test is a more accurate measure of how hard your heart is working over an entire day or multiple days.
If you have been offered medication to lower your blood pressure, then 24 or 48 hour monitoring will give your GP a more accurate reading of your blood pressure to determine what medication you require.
At your consultation, our Nurse or GP will fit an inflatable blood pressure cuff to your left or right upper arm. Over the next 24 / 48 hours, the cuff will measure your blood pressure at half hour intervals during the day and at hour intervals during the night. The results will be recorded on a monitor which is stored in a small bag you can wear across your body. The monitor is small enough to be worn under your clothing to be discreet.
The monitor will ‘beep’ to let you know that the cuff is going to inflate. When you hear this noise, all you have to do is straighten and relax your left arm so the cuff can inflate and the monitor can obtain an accurate reading. If, for any reason, the monitor is unable to take a reading, it will try again 5 minutes later.
Once 24 / 48 hours have passed, you will return to the clinic to have the cuff and monitor removed. The data from the monitor will then be downloaded and if you choose, can be analysed by one of our expert Cardiologists who will then explain the results to you in a report. Depending on the results, you may be required to take medication to manage your blood pressure.
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