New Blood Pressure Invention Tricks the Body into Modulating Blood Pressure on its Own. - By Abigail Klein Leichman APRIL 27, 2017, 8:40 AM
Hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular events including stroke, which occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced.
Worldwide, it’s estimated that one billion people have elevated blood pressure not adequately controlled by medication.
A company called Vascular Dynamics, has developed a device called MobiusHD which is implanted inside the carotid artery, where it amplifies the signals sent to the artery’s baroreceptor nerves, prompting these nerves to alert the brain continuously that the patient’s blood pressure is very high. The brain responds by signaling the blood vessels to dilate, which reduces blood pressure.
“It’s the brilliant mind of Yossi Gross that allowed this to come forward,” says Stern. “He had a simple idea that if you can impact the baroreceptors, you can potentially modulate blood pressure in these patients.”
“When people look at our technology, they say ‘Wow, that is so simple.’ It’s the same reaction I had when I first saw it,” says Bob Stern.
Dr. Brian Williams, director of NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre and co-primary investigator in Vascular Dynamics’ worldwide clinical trial, said Mobius HD technology “may provide an important solution for patients who have not benefited from other device- or drug based treatments. We are enthusiastic about the product’s potential as we have seen tremendous results in early studies in the US.
This device is still in early trial stage but gives hope to patients worldwide that suffer from resistant Hypertension.