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Portable recording devices are available which allow the intermittent, automatic recording of blood pressure, together with an ECG.
We have two such devices.
The ECG recorders we have are ‘event recorders’, that is they record only when an abnormal heart rhythm event occurs. After fitting, a small box is worn on the hip. After 24 hour of recording, during which a note is made by the patient of any palpitations or dizzy spells, the recorder is removed and attached to a computer. The computer then analyses and provides a print-out of results. Full ECGs are printed for those times where abnormal events are recorded.
The blood pressure recorder is useful in the initial assessment of blood pressure. People thought to have genuine high bloodpressure (continuously raised) may only have a high bloodpressure on occasions.
Once treatment has been established for those who need it, a 24h recording will establish the adequacy of treatment.
Significantly high blood pressure can be established from a family history, clinical examination, ECG and echocardiographic evidence of thickened heart muscle (left ventricular hypertrophy).
An exercise test is also useful in the assessment of blood pressure and heart rhythm problems.