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Scottsdale researcher wants to treat hypertension with an algorithm for pacemakers

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A clinical trial at the HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale is testing out new programming for pacemakers. A pacemaker is a device that treats slow heart rates with the use of electricity.

The clinical trial is for patients who require a pacemaker, but who no longer respond well to their current high blood pressure medication.

Dr. Rahul Doshi is an electrophysiologist in the Institute’s Cardiovascular Research Division. He said the new novel algorithm varies the timing between the upper and lower chambers in the heart to reduce hypertension.

“And we’re seeing if these results continue to hold up," Doshi said. "All the preliminary data that we have suggests that this technology works, it’s very simple, [and] patients tolerate it well.”

He added that getting a pacemaker is becoming a more common procedure as the population gets older and many of those patients have high blood pressure.

“This therapy works automatically without the patient or the doctor having to do anything," Doshi said. "You just turn it on, and it works."

For more information about HonorHealth Research Institute cardiovascular clinical trials, contact [email protected] or 480-323-1046.

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Senior field correspondent Bridget Dowd has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.