Like millions of other people, I have mildly high blood pressure: nicely controlled with drugs, thank you, but still a concern.
Which is why this item caught my eye:
Surgeons recently implanted the RheosR System into the first clinical trial patient. When the device was turned on, the patient’s blood pressure measurements significantly decreased. The patient reported no discomfort.
The device is designed to reduce blood pressure by using small electrical signals to influence the body’s blood pressure regulation system, called the baroreflex. The Rheos System is a pacemaker-like device that is implanted under the skin in the upper chest cavity and connected to two leads that are placed on the carotid arteries.
It’s a long way from being an approved option, but if it proves out, it sounds like it could be a lifesaver!