Ambulatory BP measurement checks and manages high blood pressure. Regardless of whether you are conscious or asleep, ambulatory BP measurement records your blood pressure over a 24-hour period.

How is hypertension related to my heart health?

Often termed "the silent killer," high blood pressure affects blood vessels and may lead to severe heart disease, kidney illness and stroke. Although there’s no cure for high blood pressure, you can manage the condition to prevent heart disease.

If you are aware that you have hypertension, and you fail to manage your blood pressure, you could suffer from the following conditions:

  • Faulty or constricted arteries: High blood pressure damages the lining of your arteries. Because of the damage to your arteries, fats from your food collect in these arteries. The build-up of fats causes your artery walls to lose its elasticity, and this reduces blood flow to the body.
  • Aneurysm: With an already damaged artery, the constant flow of blood can cause a portion of the artery wall to bulge. An aneurysm becomes life-threatening when it ruptures and causes internal bleeding.
  • Coronary artery disease: High blood pressure constricts and damages your arteries. Damaged arteries affect the blood supply to your heart and increase your risk of angina, heart arrhythmias and heart failure.
  • Abnormally large left heart: Because of high blood pressure, your heart works and pumps harder to regulate blood throughout your body. High blood pressure can cause one side of your heart (your left ventricle) to enlarge. A thick left ventricle may result in a heart attack, heart failure or cardiac death.
  • Heart failure: High blood pressure places strain on your heart muscle, and this causes it to become weak. An overworked or damaged heart often results in heart failure.

How does a daily ambulatory BP measurement system help control my blood pressure?

Ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring helps measure and record your BP readings over 24 hours. At Dr Xana’s medical practice, he uses an instrument termed a “sphygmomanometer” to record your BP readings. During your doctor’s visit, Dr Xana takes and records a few of your BP readings. An ambulatory BP monitor, however, records your BP readings continuously.

What can I do to control my blood pressure and protect my heart health?

To manage your blood pressure and safeguard your heart, your cardiologist will advise on a healthy heart diet, regular exercise and other lifestyle changes that include:

  • Stress management
  • Maintain a healthy balanced weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid alcohol