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This study is a post-marketing open label single arm, single centre clinical trial of electrical carotid sinus stimulation with the Barostim Neo device to target sub-optimally controlled arterial hypertension or highly variable blood pressure in patients for whom no alternative therapies are available.

Clinical Trial Description

Hypertension is a major health issue globally and is the number one risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Despite decades of innovation in pharmacotherapeutics, suboptimal BP control remains a problem worldwide. Alternative therapies for hypertension are therefore urgently needed.

This project addresses the following important unmet needs:

1. . Refractory hypertension may respond to device based approaches such as baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) but further independent research is needed to clarify the role of novel technologies. It is not possible to undertake research into BAT at all due to lack of funding and the manufacturer is not undertaking clinical trials of the therapy in the UK.

2. . Patients with highly variable BP disorders constitute a very small but important sub-group of the hypertensive population but are the most challenging to manage as no drug therapy exists to combat high and low BP simultaneously. This group of patients have very poor quality of life and are unable to work due to their profound BP variability. Many of them experience frequent hospital admissions for lengthy periods as a result of potentially life-threatening hypertension. Treatment with BAT may feasibly improve management of their condition by dampening BP variability and preventing hypertensive surges whilst allowing the patients to continue with measures to prevent hypotension using compression hosiery and drugs.

This project has the following objectives


To establish a UK national registry for treatment of blood pressure disorders with baroreflex activation therapy in the following patient groups:

- Patients with refractory hypertension (Ref-HTN) regardless of pharmacotherapy (up to 15 patients)

- Patients with highly variable BP disorders (BPV) the aetiology of which indicates that peripheral baroreflex failure is the underlying diagnosis (up to 10 patients)


- To undertake mechanistic research to better understand the mechanism of action of baroreflex activation therapy and the role of the baroreflex in hypertensive disorders by measuring indices of autonomic function (parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system tone) and humoral factors such as renin/aldosterone and copeptin in response to BAT.

- To position the Barts BP Clinic as a national referral centre for the management of complex circulatory disorders with access to experimental treatments unavailable elsewhere in the UK.

- To foster a more 'joined up' approach to BAT by promoting awareness of its benefits among primary care practitioners and other secondary care specialists. ;

Study Design

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NCT number NCT03730519
Study type Interventional
Source Queen Mary University of London
Contact Melvin D Lobo, MBChB PhD
Phone 02037658636
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 2018
Completion date June 2022

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