What is 24h-monitoring.com?
This web site is designed as a presentation of our project to summarize the fundamentals of ambulatory monitoring of the cardiovascular system. It is our goal to publish a textbook for both medical students and medical professionals as result of this work. You will get an idea of the future textbook by reading the summaries of topics covered in this website. We encourage you to stay connected by following us on your favorite social network to get news and to participate in discussions.
Why 24h monitoring?
Imagine you need to know as much as possible about a person, characterize him or her in a very precise way - and all you have is just a single picture of the person. That would be difficult, wouldn’t it? What if you had a continuous video sequence instead? Correspondingly, a one-time blood pressure measurement or Electrocardiogram (ECG) is just a single, “snap shot” of a person’s medical condition at rest in the doctor’s office and not reflective of the real world life of that person. Continuous, or ambulatory monitoring of blood pressure and ECG during a 24-hour period (or even longer!) can provide a more realistic “picture” of a person’s medical condition by showing changes due to activity, medication, stress and other environmental changes throughout the day.
Historically, ABPM presupposes automatical recording of blood pressure levels via electronic device and interpretation of the records made by a specialist. It should not be confused with “home” and “self-monitoring” because during ABPM the patient can sleep. That is why ABPM can be called 24-hour monitoring.