Carotid pacemaker

Last revised by Yuranga Weerakkody on 26 Feb 2020

Carotid pacemakers, also known as implantable carotid sinus stimulators, are devices that deliver activation energy, via carotid leads, to the carotid baroreceptors. This is sometimes offered for drug-resistant hypertension. The baroreceptors send signals to the brain and the signals are interpreted as a rise in blood pressure. The brain sends signals to other parts of the body to reduce blood pressure such as the blood vessels, heart and kidneys.

Differential diagnosis

On a radiograph possible considerations include:

See also

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: carotid pacemaker
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