Nathan, Hilel
November 1971
Angiology;Nov1971, Vol. 22 Issue 10, p547
Academic Journal
Labyrinth stimulation was applied to a variety of patients to study its effect on blood pressure. The following observations were made: (1) L.S. generally decreases blood pressure in hypertensive patients. (2) The higher the pre-.stimulation systolic pressure, the greater the decrease in both the systolic and diastolic readings. (3) The general pathological condition of the patient, affected his response. (4) Younger hypertensive patients had a greater decrease in blood pressure than older patients. (5) No serious side effects occurred. The possible use of labyrinth stimulation as a form of therapy, as a diagnostic aid or as a possible approach to study the mechanisms controlling or conditioning blood pressure is discussed. This Study was conducted with the support of a special fund for the Tel-Aviv University Medical School. We would like to thank Dr. S. Shor, of the Tel-Hashomer Hospital, for his full cooperation and invaluable help in carrying out the labyrinth stimulation and the blood pressure measurements; the many doctors who permitted us to include their patients in this study. To Dr. L. Hyams, Professor of Biostatistics at Rutgers University Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, my special recognition for his constructive criticism and advice on the work and his help in the interpretation and evaluation of the results. I wish also to express my thanks to Dr. Sam Rosner and to Mrs. B. Shenkman for their helpful assistance in preparing the manuscript, and to Mrs. G. Adler (Zeldis) for drawing the figures.


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