Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Is it just “White Coat Hypertension”?
LHHP is proud to offer 24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring.
ABPM measures blood pressure automatically and continually while patients perform daily activities. ABPM can provide the ability to detect white-coat hypertension, determine nocturnal blood pressure patterns, detect excessively low blood pressures, and evaluate the impact of antihypertensive treatment.
According the American Heart Association, 24-hour ABPM provides the best prediction of cardiovascular disease risk in hypertensive patients. Research shows that clinic measurements and home blood pressure monitoring are not specific or sensitive enough to provide a definitive diagnosis of hypertension in many patients.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends ambulatory blood pressure monitoring as the reference standard for confirming a diagnosis of hypertension. They further conclude that the routine use of ABPM to make the initial diagnosis of hypertension and use of HBPM for ongoing follow-up may lead to a reduced number of patients incorrectly diagnosed with hypertension and thus unnecessarily started on antihypertensive therapy. ABPM also can be used to detect masked or white-coat hypertension and assess antihypertensive therapy effectiveness.