< link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> < link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> Point Progression: Steps Towards a Cyborg Nation

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Steps Towards a Cyborg Nation

Imagine having a pacemaker implanted when your heart is perfectly fine. Why would you do this? Simple, this pacemaker controls your blood pressure.
Just last year the idea of an implant controlling blood pressure would have seemed far fetched, but the Rheos Baroreflex Hypertesion System being developed by CVRx Inc. of Minneapolis MN does just that.
While just beginning Phase II clinical trials at the University of Rochester Medical Center site principle investigator Karl Illig, MD believes that, if successful, "Findings from this study could have a significant impact on how we are able to treat hypertensive patients in the future". The statin making drug companies might be wary, but this is a boon for the rest of us.

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