Electrical stimulation of the carotid sinus for the treatment of resistant hypertension
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- Filippone, J.D., Sloand, J.A., Illig, K.A. et al. Current Science Inc (2006) 8: 420. doi:10.1007/s11906-006-0089-5
Hypertension is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite a myriad of oral agents, many patients fail to reach their target blood pressure. Electrical stimulation of the carotid sinus, an old therapeutic concept, lowers blood pressure by initiating the barore flex and reducing sympathetic tone. Recent evidence suggests that the baroreflex is more important in the setting of chronic hypertension than originally believed. The carotid stimulator may be a safe and effective therapeutic option for patients with resistant hypertension.