24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitors
Long-Term Blood Pressure Monitor for Long-Term Monitoring
The long-term blood pressure monitor is a special blood pressure monitor and is used to monitor the development of blood pressure over a period of up to 24 hours. Devices for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring generally involve a digital 24-hour blood pressure monitor with a cuff for the upper arm, which stores the blood pressure values (in mmHg) and is read by the doctor at the end of the measurement period. At the same time, the patient is asked to keep an activity log of his or her daily activities during the measurement to detect any correlations between certain activities and blood pressure.
With a long-term blood pressure monitor, not only the daily and nightly mean value can be recorded - extraordinary increases in blood pressure, hypertension or fluctuations in blood pressure over time can also be traced in detail with the long-term blood pressure measurement. By recording the measured values with the long-term blood pressure monitor, an exact progression blood pressure profile of the patient can be created after completion of the 24h measurement.
Long-term Blood Pressure Monitors as Lightweight Companions in Everyday Life
In contrast to a conventional blood pressure monitor, the long-term blood pressure monitor is particularly small and light so that it interferes as little as possible with the patient's normal daily activities during the blood pressure measurement and ensures comfortable wear. The long-term blood pressure monitor is usually supplied with a matching waist bag so that the patient can carry the blood pressure monitor with them all the time.
There are also a variety of cuffs for the arm available to make monitoring as comfortable as possible for the patient. Devices for blood pressure measurement are available from various brands and manufacturers, such as boso, Envitec or Riester. They differ not only in the size of the recorder, but also in the functions of the evaluation software and the selection of suitable accessories.
Long-term blood pressure monitors are mainly used in cardiology, but also in general medicine and internal medicine for diagnosing hypertension or fluctuations in blood pressure. Regular long-term blood pressure measurement outside the practice can reliably rule out white coat hypertension ("white coat syndrome") as a cause of high blood pressure.