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Dr Diana R Holdright

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Diana Holdright

Cardiac Investigations - 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor

A 24 hour blood pressure monitor is programmed to take a patient’s blood pressure at regular intervals throughout the day and night, to allow the doctor to assess the reliability of readings obtained in their clinic and see how the pressures change throughout the day and night. The blood pressure cuff is fitted to the non-writing arm and will inflate every 20 to 30 minutes during the day, and every hour at night. The device will beep when it is about to inflate, and when it does so the patient should keep their arm straight until it deflates again. The patient will also be asked to keep a diary over the 24 hour period, to help the doctor make sense of any particularly high or low readings.

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Cardiac Investigations - 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor