Ambulatory Blood Pressure Clinic

Overview

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects 18.3% of our county
population. Hypertension can be a silent disease. You may not know you have
high blood pressure until you go for a medical check-up. Having uncontrolled
high blood pressure can cause damage to the heart, the eyes and the kidneys.
Very high blood pressure can cause a blood vessel to burst and bleed into the
brain. This event is called a stroke.

High blood pressure is not always easy to diagnose. There are some patients whose
blood pressure only goes up when they see their doctor or nurse practitioner.
This is known as White Coat Syndrome. Monitoring your blood pressure for up to
24-hours will help your health care provider to determine if your blood
pressure is really high, or if it is only high when you come to their office.

The Prince Edward Family Health Team would like to thank the
Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary,
who generously provided funding for our 24-hour blood pressure monitor.


Goals

The goals of our Blood Pressure Monitoring Service are to:

• Obtain up to 24 hours of accurate blood pressure data during normal activities
of daily living

• Determine if high blood pressure readings are the result of white coat
syndrome

• Improve patient understanding of how lifestyle and food choices impact on
blood pressure


Services

Our Clinical Practice Nurse will:

•Program the portable blood pressure monitor
• Give you instructions about wearing the blood pressure monitor
• Do a manual blood pressure reading to test the machine before you take it
home
• Provide you with a patient diary to complete while wearing the blood pressure
monitor
• Tell you when to return the monitor
• Download your blood pressure data from the monitor
• Forward your data to your health care provider who will review the data and
determine if blood pressure treatment is required

Links of Interest

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Locations and Hours of Operation

Tuesday -Thursday by appointment at the PECMH room 259A

Contact

Geri Claxton, RN
613-476-2181 ext. 4718

 

 

 

 


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