Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor
Alberta Healthcare does not cover the cost of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring outside of the hospital. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring involves wearing a small device worn on a belt and attached to a blood pressure cuff. The device takes your blood pressure every 15 to 30 minutes for 14-16 hours. If your doctor suspects you have borderline blood pressure problems, difficulty controlling your blood pressure, symptoms related to high or low blood pressure or have fluctuating blood pressure, he may refer you for this exam.
What To Expect:
- On the first day of your exam, you will be fitted with a small monitoring device that is about the size of a small radio, attached to a belt.
- It will be hooked to a blood pressure cuff on your arm and will measure your blood pressure throughout the day. The device can be worn underneath clothing.
- The next day you will return the device in the morning.
- Please be advised the patient is responsible for the cost of this exam at the time of the blood pressure monitor hook-up.
No special preparation is needed for this exam.