It has been always a great challenge for doctors and patients to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Any lack of management of chronic diseases can cause internal damage to a patient’s body, which is why taking regular assessments and monitoring the health condition on a regular basis is very essential for patients’ health. Among all the chronic diseases, hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common health issues around the globe and according to data, there are 30% of the total world population suffers from this problem and the number is increasing at an alarming rate. In order to save these millions of lives and guide them to a healthy lifestyle it is important to make sure that every patient is wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor and having an ambulatory BP monitoring assessment so doctors can get the key insights to prescribe better management actions.
What does ambulatory BP assessment mean?
The simple meaning of the word ambulatory is moving. In hypertension management, an ambulatory blood pressure assessment refers to a methodology where patients will be wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor and performing their regular daily routine as usual. The process can be lasted for 24 hours or 48 hours according to the physician and then the accumulated data of the patient will be analyzed with different key points and doctors will prescribe a suitable lifestyle including diet, exercise routine, sleeping routine, and medications.
How it will impact hypertension management?
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring has a great impact on hypertension management. As said earlier it helps doctors to prescribe diet, exercise routine, sleeping routine, and medication routines to the patients for a better lifestyle. But often a question rises in patients’ minds why it is mandatory wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor for 24 hours straight when we are taking our BP measurements every day on a regular basis? But that is the catch. With a regular blood pressure monitor a patient needs to be relaxed and do maintain some body posture as well as some rules too during measurement to ensure a fair and accurate measurement. Where on the other hand, it has been seen that our blood pressure is quite dynamic and fluctuates with time and the actions we are performing. In standard and regular BP monitoring whether it is by a wrist blood pressure monitoring or upper arm blood pressure monitor, getting that dynamic blood pressure data is impossible. Therefore, in order to get the whole picture scientists have brought the ambulatory blood pressure monitoring system where researchers can get full data of a patient’s overall blood pressure for the whole day and improve hypertension management. Surprisingly, this initiative turned out to be a great success and there are some remarkable key points that have come to light and enlightened the hypertension management communities all over the world. These data happened to be very precise and precious, nowadays the management of different types of high blood pressure or hypertension become very effective and patients are leading an improved and healthy life according to their hypertensive situation.
What are the insights it will provide?
Monitoring blood pressure with a home blood pressure monitor such as Q06B definitely provides some insights such as pulse rate, and blood pressure values also detects some health issues such as irregular heart rate or high BP alert. Contrarily, wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor such as WBP-02A does more than that. It provides you with some other crucial and valuable insights that can change completely the lifestyle you are leading or the food you are eating. Here we definitely will discuss some key insights that you will get from ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
White Coat Hypertension: while patients visit doctors’ offices, they face an increment in their systolic and diastolic values. This is called the white coat syndrome and this syndrome can be detected with ABPM analysis.
BP Variation Coefficient: The variation coefficient of BP data normally is to divide the standard divergence by the mean BP value and multiplies it by 100. As blood pressure is not static and can be fluctuated at any time ambulatory BP monitoring helps doctors to calculate the large variation data instantly.
Arteriosclerosis Index: This index will basically show the arteriosclerosis level in the blood. In simple meaning, arteriosclerosis is a disease that happens when bad cholesterol and other substance narrow down the artery wall and hampered the normal blood flow in the arteries, and increase hypertension. This index shows the level of hypertension happening because of arteriosclerosis.
Morning Surge: Blood pressure can rise moderately in a normal human body while they are just getting up from the bed and this arousal of blood pressure is called the morning surge. By ambulatory blood pressure monitoring doctors can get insights into morning surges and info about how much blood pressure has risen and what was the duration of that BP arousal.
Other insights: besides these indexes, a WBP-02A ambulatory blood pressure monitor provides some other worthwhile insights such as body posture detection and awake and sleeping time detection. As mentioned earlier, blood pressure also can be changed because of the actions that a patient taking and during their sleeping or awake time. The method of wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor and getting the important data also helps doctors to have knowledge about BP fluctuation while they are sitting or walking and also while they are awake or sleeping.
How these insights can help?
From the start of the civilizations, information is the key, and the more data you have the more you can understand the characteristics of anything whether it is a disease or anything else. In the healthcare system data and patients’ insight provide a full fledge understanding of the patient’s health, which creates a domino effect to lead the patient to an improved and better life. In hypertension management, the insights that patients are getting after going through ambulatory blood pressure monitoring can be not understandable for a common patient but it is very insightful information for doctors and researchers. As we all know that hypertension can not be cured and only can be manageable through a balanced lifestyle. These blood pressure fluctuation data help doctors to understand the characteristic and the level of hypertension. With this full insight, doctors can recommend a balanced lifestyle and researchers also provide an accurate and updated hypertension management guide to the patients.
How HINGMED WBA-02A can be better for ABPM?
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring definitely be a better solution for hypertension management but if the analysis software or the device is not advanced then the whole process will be in vain. That is where HINGMED introduced its compact ambulatory blood pressure monitor WBP-02A. With the traditional ABPM device patient often feel uncomfortable wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor that is equipped with an external tube and a belt to attach the device around the patient’s body. Also, doctors have to use an old version of ABPM analysis software that is not quite user-friendly. On the other hand, HINGMED ambulatory blood pressure monitor WBP-02A is tubeless and there is no belt to hold it on the patient’s body also the analysis software is very user-friendly, and the mentioned indexes are available for better analysis. It also can generate customizable reports for doctors and that is why it becomes a preferred ABPM device among doctors.