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Blood Pressure Monitor

 

What is a Blood Pressure Monitor?


The blood pressure monitor is a non-invasive system for measuring blood pressure.  A blood pressure cuff is worn for the full 24 hours and is connected to the monitor by tubing, with the monitor worn on a belt provided.

 

How is the Blood Pressure Monitor procedure done?

    • The blood pressure cuff is placed on your non-dominant arm with the monitor and tubing placed under your clothing.
    • An initial blood pressure measurement will be taken.  The monitor is then programmed to take a blood pressure measurement every 30 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes during the night (10pm – 6am). 
    • The procedure will take approximately 15-20 minutes.  The technician will provide you with all the information necessary while fitting the monitor.  The monitor should be removed at home the following day and returned to the Heart Centre reception desk at a specified time (the technician will advise you of the return time when you have the monitor fitted).
    • You should continue your usual activity while wearing the monitor.

How do I prepare for the test?

    • For your comfort, we recommend you shower before attending your appointment, as you will not be allowed to shower, bath, swim or perform any activity which may get the monitor wet.
    • Please wear a two piece outfit with a loose fitting shirt / top, preferably with no sleeves or short sleeves.

When will I receive my results?


The results of the test will not be available for approximately 3 business days after the monitor is removed.  This is because the recordings need to be analysed by a technician, reported on by one of our Cardiologists and the report typed.  The results will be sent to your referring doctor for discussion.  If you have an appointment with your doctor prior to this time, please advise reception staff and the technician who fits the monitor.

 

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

    • Your referral from your GP or referring specialist (if it is not already held by us). 
    • A list of your current medications and dosages
    • Any previous x-rays or test results relating to your current condition

Please ensure you present at reception 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, to ensure sufficient time to complete any paperwork which may be required.

 

Confirmation of your appointment:


One of our receptionists will telephone you to confirm your appointment at least 2 days prior, however should you have not heard from us, we recommend you telephone us to confirm you will be attending.

 

If you are unable to attend your appointment, please telephone us at least 24 hours prior to the appointment date, so that the booking time may be filled.

 

Appointment Delays:
We do endeavour to keep to schedule, however as we are in a hospital environment our Doctors and/or Technicians may occasionally be called to an emergency.  Your understanding and patience will be appreciated.