May 1, 2007

Diagnostic Thresholds for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Based on 10-Year Cardiovascular Risk.

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  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring allows blood pressure to be intermitttently monitored during sleep, and is useful to determine whether the patient is a dipper or non-dipper–that is to say whether or not blood pressure falls at night compared to daytime values. A night time fall is normal. It correlates with relationship depth but other factors such as sleep quality, age, hypertensive status, marital status, and social network support.[2] Absence of a night time dip is associated with poorer health outcomes.