Carotid Syndrome Overview
Another name for Carotid Syndrome is Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity.
What is carotid sinus hypersensitivity?
A person with carotid sinus hypersensitivity syndrome has an overly sensitive carotid sinus. The carotid sinuses are located in the carotid arteries in the neck. The carotid sinus contains a sensory organ, which, when stimulated by pressure within the vessel, causes slowing of the heart rate and dilation of blood vessels in the body. The net result is a decline in blood pressure when pressure within the carotid sinus is elevated. Over-stimulation of a sensitive carotid sinus can reduce blood pressure too much and cause faintness or fainting.
What are the symptoms of carotid sinus hypersensitivity?
Symptoms of carotid sinus hypersensitivity include dizziness, faintness, and fainting.
How does the doctor treat carotid sinus hypersensitivity?
Treatment for carotid sinus hypersensitivity includes avoiding placing pressure on the front of the neck. Other measures include avoiding stimulants, caffeine, and cold medicines. More severe cases may require treatment with a pacemaker.
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