Saturday, April 02, 2005
This could be really great news for the large group of people who suffer from high blood pressure.
A 36-year-old woman with severe hypertension has been fitted with a pacemaker-like implant that, in limited trials in Europe, has shown promise in controlling wayward blood pressure through electronic stimulation of neck-artery nerves.Wouldn't it be wonderful if thousands of people no longer had to take medication for their blood pressure? I'd be thrilled if I didn't need my meds anymore, but they haven't figured out a way to do that yet.
Surgeons at the University of Rochester Medical Center inserted a battery powered pulse generator under Lawrence's collarbone along with tiny wires running up each side of her neck that stimulate nerves in the carotid arteries that play a role in regulating blood pressure.
After the operation, which lasted a few hours, her systolic blood-pressure reading dropped from about 210 millimeters to about 160, Sloand said.
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