Drug Free Lower Blood Pressure Is Offered By Implant Device

By Christian Goodman

Blood pressure can be lowered without the use of drugs by implant it will in the size of a cell phone. Whenever the blood pressure rises it sends signals to the brain through the carotid arteries in the neck. After getting these signals the brain signals the body to lower blood pressure. The implant works like a pacemaker and it is fixed in the chest.

From 2005 the implants are available in the market. This device was surgically implanted in the chest of Annette Lawrence. In an interview she said "Before I couldn't even get out of bed. I couldn't really do anything."

Lawrence was only 37 when she had the device implanted. Her vascular surgeon, Dr. Karl Illig of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, said, "She constantly had blood pressure up in the 200s The device is basically like a pacemaker. That's the best way to look at it."

As the device sends electrical impulses to the brain through the carotid artery, Dr. Illig explained, "that electrical signal is then sent up the nerves into the brain telling the brain, 'Ah ha! Your blood pressure is too high.'"

When the brain gets these signals it intimates the body to decrease the heart rate, open the blood vessels to bring down the blood pressure and to release the fluid from the kidney.

Dr. Illiig said Blood Pressure gets too high, but it is not sensed by the brain so it's just a kick start for the brain to order the heart.

Lawrence's blood pressure is 175/104 when the device is turned off. Whne the device is turned on the blood pressure immediately drops to normal 143/86. She said, "Since I had this procedure done, boy I tell you, I've got so much energy. I'm ready to keep up with [my grandson]."

The implant is surgically inserted under the skin near the collarbone. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes two to three hours. Two wires run from the cell-phone-sized device to the left and right carotid arteries in the neck. This device is only for patients who are unable to tolerate medication - those who have tried and failed all medical approaches.

The best way to avoid medication and surgery is through healthy lifestyle choices. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet can prevent the need for high blood pressure medication. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be naturally lowered by losing weight, exercising regularly, lowering stress levels, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, avoiding smoking, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption (more than 1 drink a day for women and 2 for men).

To lower blood pressure one should exercise regularly. Apart from reducing stress levels regular exercise also reduces the hardening of the arteries. The main factor for high blood pressure is hardened arteries and blocked arteries.

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