Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is very useful if you suffer from high blood pressure. It allows your doctor to see if your blood pressure medications are effective. It is also useful in the assessment of mild hypertension, which might be over-diagnosed based on one blood pressure measurement. The results of this test can also record any blood pressure swings you may have.
Your doctor may also order ambulatory blood pressure monitoring if you suffer from palpitations (fast, strong or irregular heartbeats), dizziness, tiredness and episodes of rapid heartbeat. Combining the blood pressure readings with your daily activity allows your doctor to find out what activities trigger your symptoms, and if these symptoms are related to high blood pressure.