Effect of Ventricular Pacing on Systolic Blood Pressure of Patients With Hypertension

  • M. Schöttler
  • J. Schaefer

Abstract

Patients with bradycardia often suffer from high systolic blood pressure. Generally, this hypertension is thought to be the result of a high stroke volume [1, 3, 8, 10, 13, 14]. It is known that hypertension with bradycardia drops when heart rate is normalized by artificial pacing; on the other hand, we know that there are patients with bradycardia without hypertension and others with hypertension without bradycardia. The effects of artificial ventricular pacing on blood pressure have not yet been examined systematically. In particular, we have no information about the role of increasing heart rate and the importance of ventricular pacing itself on the decrease of systolic pressure. Therefore, we studied the effects of ventricular pacing on arterial blood pressure in 150 patients with bradycardia, 38–87 years old, and in nine patients with hypertension without brady-cardia, 58–77 years old. Blood pressure was measured by the method of Riva-Rocci-Korotkow. The criteria of this method correspond to the advice proffered by a committee of the German Society for Cardiovascular Research in 1971.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Schöttler
    • 1
  • J. Schaefer
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung für Spezielle KardiologieUniversität KielKiel 1Germany

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