1. Transmission of pneumatic pressure from a neck chamber to the region of the carotid sinus is imperfect and asymmetric (86% of positive pressure, 64% of negative pressure). This has to be taken into account in the correct analysis of the carotid baroreceptor reflex.

2. There is no evidence for a reduction in cerebral blood flow nor of carotid chemoreceptor stimulation in response to an increase in neck chamber pressure of about 45 mmHg. Thus it is likely that the pressor response to this manoeuvre is in fact due to reduction in carotid baroreceptor activity.

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