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Baroreflex activation therapy may benefit HF patients without CRT

Baroreflex activation therapy may benefit HF patients without CRT
May 22, 2015

Read the Perspective from Michael R. Gold, MD, PhD, FHRS

BOSTON — For patients with HF who underwent baroreflex activation therapy, the magnitude of effect was greater in those without a chronic resynchronization therapy device, according to findings presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions.

The baroreflex activation therapy device (Barostim neo, CVRx Inc.) is a 2 mm electrode surgically implanted on the carotid sinus connected to a surgically implanted subcutaneous power unit. It works by stimulation of the carotid baroreceptor to reduce sympathetic activity and increase parasympathetic activity to stave off worsening symptoms and disease progression in patients with HF, according to the study background.

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