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Beta-blockers in hypertension

Deepak Goyal

in Hypertension

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199547579
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607266 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199547579.003.0012

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Beta-blockers in hypertension

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Beta-blockers act by blocking the beta-adrenergic receptors in the body. At one time, they were the first-line monotherapeutic agents for the treatment of hypertension. Recent trial data suggest that they are not as effective as other agents in lowering blood pressure and in reducing the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events. Current guidelines recommend that they be used only in case of compelling indications such as acute coronary syndromes, ischaemic heart disease, and heart failure.

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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