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Carotid: Prime suspect of Blood Pressure

A study suggested that removing these carotid bodies from some parts can fall in blood pressure

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Publish Date: Sep 19 2016 12:25PM | Updated Date: Sep 19 2016 12:25PM

Carotid: Prime suspect of Blood Pressure
Doctors have found prime culprit of increased blood pressure, namely, carotid. Yes! Carotid is the reason why some of us suffer from high blood pressures.
 
 
Carotid bodies are small clusters of chemoreceptor and supporting cells located near the fork (bifurcation) of the carotid artery that feed the brain with blood, appear to be a cause of high blood pressure.
 
 
These bodies increase blood pressures when they detect the levels of oxygen in blood to be falling and immediately signal the brain to increase breathing and blood pressure, says a study.
 
 
In the study conducted by University of Bristol, England, it was also found that removing these carotid bodies from some parts of the body can fall in blood pressure.
 
 
When it was done, the falls in blood pressure were impressive and were more than pharmacological medication.
 
 
The study conclusively suggested that the clinical trial demonstrated that the carotid bodies in patients who responded to resection had raised carotid body activity. These patients breathed more at rest and produced exaggerated breathing responses when the oxygen level in their blood was lowered.