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Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors - An Introduction

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small, portable device worn on the belt, and attached to an upper-arm cuff, that takes regular readings during the day. According to the familydoctor.org website:

This machine lets your doctor find out what your blood pressure was every 15 to 30 minutes of a normal day. The information collected by this machine can help you and your doctor see if your blood pressure treatment is working.

Your doctor may want you to use an ambulatory blood pressure monitor for one or more of the following reasons:  

* If you have "borderline" high blood pressure
* If you and your doctor can't keep your blood pressure under control
* If you have blood pressure problems caused by your other medicines
* If you are pregnant and have high blood pressure
* If you have fainting spells.

iVillage Total Health also carries a detailed introduction to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

One of the leading manufacturers of blood pressure monitors, A&D Medical, responsible for the LifeSource brand, makes an ambulatory unit, the LifeSource TM-2430-DP Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor (picture). According to a product description:

The A&D Medical Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring System (ABPM) allows health care professionals to automatically monitor a patient’s blood pressure throughout the day. ABPM therapy can help differentiate hypertension from white coat hypertension and the data generated can be used to adjust patient medication levels. This compact monitor has sophisticated tracking capabilities to measure blood pressure and pulse trends.

Another ambulatory unit is the Oscar 2 from SunTech Medical. According to the Gizmag website:

The unit has just received an A/A rating based upon the British Hypertension Society (BHS) protocol as reported in the April 2007 issue of Blood Pressure Monitoring (Goodwin et al., 2007).

The independent evaluation was conducted in the United Kingdom by researchers at James Cook University Hospital. Results showed the Oscar 2 ambulatory blood pressure monitor received an A grade for both systolic and diastolic pressures.

The Oscar 2 ambulatory blood pressure monitor is clinically validated to all three internationally recognized standards: British Hypertension Society (BHS) (A/A), European Society of Hypertension (ESH) International Protocol, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) SP10. The lightweight design of the Oscar 2 ambulatory blood pressure monitor combined with the comfort of SunTech’s patented Orbit blood pressure cuff dramatically increase patient testing compliance.


An excellent resource is at the website of the dabl Educational Trust, which has published a listing of all available ambulatory blood pressure monitors, together with recommendations.

It is also possible to check Amazon.com for news of new models and the latest prices.

See also my report Guide to Buying the Best Home Blood Pressure Monitor.

And for the latest information, and to see what other customers are buying, check out the following Amazon.com best-seller lists (which are updated hourly):

* Best-Sellers in Blood Pressure Monitors

* Best-Sellers in Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors

* Best-Sellers in Arm Blood Pressure Monitors

* Best-Sellers in Wrist Blood Pressure Monitors

* Best-Sellers in Manual Blood Pressure Monitors

October 6th, 2009

 

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