*Please note that due to certain extenuating circumstances and demand, walk-in services may not always be immediately available and, on occasion, will be subject to the next availability.
24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
An Ambulatory Blood Pressure (ABP) Monitor is a device that measures your blood pressure at specific intervals over 24 hours.
This service is a non-OHIP-covered service and requires a cash payment of $25 on the day of your appointment. Your insurance provider may reimburse this.
Why Get a 24-ABP Monitor?
The appointment will take approximately 15 minutes*.
- Determine high blood pressure outside of the clinic (“white coat syndrome”).
- Evaluate the effectiveness of blood pressure medications throughout the day.
Available at the Windsor, Essex, and Lasalle locations.
How to Prepare for Your Test
Can I eat or drink on the day of the test?
Yes. Eat and drink as you normally would the day of the test.
Should I take my medications on the day of the test?
Yes, take all of your medications as you usually would.
What should I wear on the day of the test?
Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing. The monitor will be placed on your upper arm and will need to remain there for the full 24 hours.
What happens during the test?
Your blood pressure will be taken automatically at the programmed time intervals. Every 30 minutes during the day (from 7 am – 10 pm) and every hour during sleep (from 10 pm – 7 am).
- Results will be saved automatically.
- Hold your arm in a relaxed position when the monitor is recording.
- If the cuff slips, reattach it back to where it was originally placed.
- The recorder must be kept dry. Please do not shower, bathe, or swim while wearing the recorder.
- Carry out your normal daily activities to produce the most accurate readings.
How Will I Feel During the Test?
You will feel some slight pressure on your arm as the cuff inflates.
How and when do I return the monitor?
Return the monitor to the office after wearing it for the full 24 hours.
How do I get the results of my test?
Once the results are analyzed and reviewed by the cardiologist, the report will be sent directly to your family physician and, if different, to the referring physician.