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Cardiac Testing

Blood Pressure Monitoring

The purpose of this test is to record your blood pressure activity for a 24-hour period while you go about your normal daily routine.
A fee will be collected the day the monitor is fitted. You will not be able to claim this fee back from Medicare.

Procedure

• Do not drop the monitor or get it wet. Keep the monitor inside its pouch. (Do not bathe or shower during the 24 hour period or the monitor will be irreparably damaged.)
• The monitor records throughout the entire 24 hours. Please do not interfere with the appliance.
• The monitor will inflate the cuff every 30 minutes during the day, and every hour at night.
• Every time the monitor is about to take a reading, three short tones will be heard.
• Patient then have 5 seconds to relax their arm to their side, except when dangerous (e.g. driving), then the cuff inflates. When the measurement is complete, the patients will hear another longer tone.
• If the measurement is unsuccessful, the monitor will try again three minutes later. Should this happen, the next measurement will occur after 17 minutes, not 20 minutes. There are no tones at night.
• The cuff will inflate slightly firmer than a regular blood pressure monitor, ensure this doesn't create too much discomfort for the patient.

Cardiac Holter Monitoring

The purpose of this test is to record your heart activity for a 24 hour period while you go about your normal daily routine. This test has a fee attached that you will not be able to claim back from Medicare.

Procedure

• Do not drop the monitor or get it wet. Keep the monitor inside its pouch. (Do not bathe or shower during the 24 hour period or the monitor will be irreparably damaged.)
• Patient not to remove the electrodes until they no longer stick to the skin.
• Patient to remove the monitor from around the neck when going to bed.
• On completion of the test, patient to return to the Clinical Labs collection centre where it was fitted for removal.
• The monitor records throughout the entire 24 hours.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Australian Clinical Labs offers 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure control with NBP-24NG, providing patients with a comfortable and unadulterated measurement.

What are the benefits of 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?

24 hour blood pressure monitoring is ideal for patients presenting with cardiovascular complaints, obscure headaches, vertigo, or simply to check the efficacy of high blood-pressure medication. This method also helps to differentiate “White Coat Hypertension” (increased blood pressure at the Doctor’s office) and masked hypertension (increased blood pressure in a patient’s everyday life).