Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sensitive Carotid Sinus Underlying Cause

The cause for most cases of carotid sinus hypersensitivity is unknown.

Rare causes of carotid sinus hypersensitivity include structures that place pressure against the carotid artery:

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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