Ľudovít Gašpar, Anna Vachulová, Martina Rakovská, Andrej Dukát, Michal Makovník, Peter Gavorník
The advantage of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is the opportunity to follow blood pressure changes during nearly common life circumstances during day and night. The results of ABPM correlates with hypertension - related organ damage and its changes by treatment more closely than does office blood pressure. ABPM can play an important role in detection of white-coat hypertension, secondary forms of hypertension, symptoms of transient hypotension and also hypertension resistant to the therapy. The initial goal of the antihypertensive therapy is not only to reduce blood pressure, but rather to prevent damage of target organs, or cause regression of this damage. ABPM provides important additional informations about individual cardiovascular risk and its changes during therapy.