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Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring at Drexel Nephrology

Blood Pressure Cuff

High Blood Pressure and Chronic Kidney Disease

We diagnose and treat patients with mild to severe high blood pressure. Our physicians tailor drug treatment for high blood pressure in order to normalize pressure with few, if any, side effects for the patient.

Properly managing high blood pressure in a chronic kidney disease patient is very important. Blood pressure control slows the progression of chronic kidney disease, making it less likely that a patient will eventually need dialysis. Lowering high blood pressure, or managing hypertension, can reduce the risk of heart disease, which is more of a danger for chronic kidney disease patients than end-stage renal disease.

Studies show that the likelihood of a patient having hypertension increases as kidney function worsens. Chronic kidney disease patients at risk for hypertension include those who are older, are African-American, or have higher body weights.

About Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is used to observe patients who have one or more of these conditions:

  • Borderline high blood pressure
  • Difficulty keeping blood pressure under control
  • Blood pressure problems caused by medications
  • High blood pressure and pregnancy
  • Fainting spells

Drexel nephrologists provide support for home ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and intensive care for hypertension at the Drexel Comprehensive Hypertension Center, located at the Drexel Nephrology office in Center City Philadelphia.

What to Expect During Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

During ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, patients wear a blood pressure cuff that is attached to a small machine — about the size of a walkie-talkie — around their waist. Every 15 or 20 minutes the machine takes and records a blood pressure reading. This information is used by Drexel nephrologists to determine whether the patient's treatment is working. Patients may also be asked to keep a diary of their day's activities so that our physician knows when patients were active or resting.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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