Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring: The need of 7-day record

F. Halberg, G. Katinas, Germaine G Cornelissen-Guillaume, O. Schwartzkopff, B. Fišer, J. Siegelová, J. Dušek, J. Jančík

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The need for systematic around-the-clock self-measurements of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR), or preferably for automatic monitoring as the need arises and can be met by inexpensive tools, is illustrated in two case reports. Miniaturized unobtrusive, as yet unavailable instrumentation for the automatic measurement of BP and HR should be a high priority for both government and industry. Automatic ambulatorily functioning monitors already represent great progress, enabling us to introduce the concept of eventually continuous or, as yet, intermittent home ABPM. On BP and HR records, gliding spectra aligned with global spectra visualize the changing dynamics involved in health and disease, and can be part of an eventually automated system of therapy adjusted to the ever-present variability of BP. In the interim, with tools already available, chronomics on self- or automatic measurements can be considered, with analyses provided by the Halberg Chronobiology Center, as an alternative to "flying blind", as an editor put it. Chronomics assessing variability has to be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalScripta Medica Facultatis Medicae Universitatis Brunensis Masarykianae
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 10 2005


  • Ambulatory monitoring
  • Antihypertensive therapy
  • Blood pressure


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