Blood pressure breakthrough - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/09

Blood pressure breakthrough

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There is a possible breakthrough for the millions of people who suffer from the silent killer known as high blood pressure.   It's an experimental pacemaker that has so far proven highly effective in controlling blood pressure in people who can't fix the problem with medication.

The pacemaker is easily implanted just under the skin in the neck.  It sends electrical impulses to what are called baro-receptors on the carotid artery. These signal the brain to control blood pressure. The device works by tricking the brain into thinking that blood pressure is even higher than it is and allows for the brain to simply bring blood pressure back to normal.

Researchers at the University of Southern California say this experimental pacemaker could someday help people whose blood pressure is not severe, but still dangerous.

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