Deep Brain Stimulation Can Lower Blood Pressure

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Lowering Blood Pressure

The possibility of a patient lowering their blood pressure at the flick of a switch has been raised by research led by Oxford University, which shows that stimulating parts of the brain with electrodes can change a patient's blood pressure.

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In a paper published today by Neuroreport, researchers at Oxford University and Imperial College London report that they have found the exact area of the brain that controls blood pressure and how to make use of it.

A team of neurosurgeons and physiologists have found that they can make patients' blood pressure increase or decrease by stimulating with electrodes very specific regions of the brain.

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