Blood Pressure Monitor

What is a Blood Pressure Monitor?

Blood Pressure monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your blood pressure for 24 hours. The device is about the size of a standard smartphone. It has a blood pressure cuff attachment.

Why do I need a Blood Pressure Monitor?

Your GP or Cardiologist wants to record your blood pressure over a consistent period of time. This could be because episodes of hypertension (high blood pressure), or hypotension (low blood pressure), or fainting spells of unknown cause.

You will be asked to record any of these sensations or symptoms if they occur while you’re being monitored, as well as your daily activities. Your Cardiology nurse will explain what is expected of you when you have the Blood Pressure Monitor fitted.

Will I feel anything during the Blood Pressure Monitor?

The Blood Pressure Monitor will inflate on your upper arm every half hour during the day (8am – 10pm), and hourly during the night (10pm – 8am).

Can I take the Blood Pressure Monitor off for sleeping?

No. We will not be able to produce a full report if the blood pressure cuff is removed during the Monitoring period.

How long will I wear the Blood Pressure Monitor?

The appointments to attach and remove the Blood Pressure Monitor will be about 10 minutes each.

You will need to wear the Blood Pressure Monitor for at least 24 hours.

Will I be able to exercise while I’m wearing the Blood Pressure Monitor?

Yes, as long as you are comfortable having a sponge bath afterwards, as the device must not get wet.

Will I be able to have a shower or bath when I’m wearing the Blood Pressure Monitor?

No, you will not be able to submerge the device, nor risk it getting wet.

Will I be able to travel on a plane wearing the Blood Pressure Monitor?

As we only have a limited amount of Blood Pressure Monitors, we will schedule your appointments to ensure the devices can be returned to us promptly.

How long before I get the results of the Blood Pressure Monitor?

The results are printed out once your Blood Pressure Monitor is returned. The Cardiologist then reviews the results, and a report is sent to your GP. An appointment be made for you to discuss the results with your Cardiologist if required.

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