High blood pressure or hypertension do harm continuously most often without any symptoms, therefore it is called as the „silent killer".
The best way to know if you have hypertension is to have it checked regularly. There are 3 ways to check your blood pressure:
1. Occassionally in the GP's office
In this case only one BP measurement is made. In order to setup a diagnosis or estimate the efficacy of your hypertension treatment, more accurate examination is needed.
2. Regularly at home
In this case several BP measurements stand at disposal, but no night-time readings are made, which are important, because hypertensive patients whose blood pressure does not reduce at night time may be at high risk.
3. With ABPM blood pressure monitor
Using an ABPM blood pressure monitor has several advantages:
- Your blood pressure is measured outside clinical environment
Measuring your blood pressure outside clinical environment is important, because it may be the source of stress and anxiety, which may result in higher BP readings.
- The ABPM blood pressure monitor reduces your expenses
You can avoid costly and unnecessary hypertension treatment. Good for your health, good for your wallet.
- Repeated measurements
The ABPM blood pressure monitor provides more reliable results by making repeated BP measurements possible.
- Night-time measurements
The ABPM blood pressure monitor records BP reading at night-time as well, because patients whose blood pressure does not reduce at night-time may be at high risk. These hypertensive patients are called non-dippers and non-dipper status may indicate organ damage, sleep apnoe or inproper medical treatment.
- More information provided
The ABPM blood pressure monitor supplies more information on the patients' condition. This information includes not only systolic, diastolic and pulse readings, but also statistics for both day-time and night-time periods, averages, standard deviation and other important indexes, such as diurnal index, morning surge, hypertension time index, hyperbaric index. For more information on this, please check our ABPM glossary.