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A new treatment to help control malignant hypertension comes in the form of an electric device that is implanted in the chest with wires that lead up to the carotid arteries that sends impulses to lower the blood pressure. It is still in research stages, but has so far proven to be beneficial in high blood pressure that is resistant to medication. The wires around the carotids activate baroreceptors which feed to the brain to cause blood vessels to dilate, thereby reducing the pressure on the vessels. The kidneys are also stimulated to excrete more fluid, and the heart rate is lowered. If hypertension can not be controlled, the person is at an extremely high risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or renal failure.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by STL today
About: Resistant hypertension soon to be manageable
Date: 11 July 2005
Source: STL today
Author: Deborah L. Shelton
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