Beta-blockers are a class of drugs that may help reduce heart rate and blood pressure, which can help lower the risk of heart failure and possible complications.
Beta-blockers can help reduce heart rate and lower blood pressure, which can help treat cardiovascular conditions, such as heart failure.
In this article, we look at the role of beta-blockers in heart failure, who they may be suitable for, and their possible side effects.
Beta-blockers are a class of medication that can help with cardiovascular conditions. The body has different beta receptors throughout the body, which
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- high blood pressure
- heart attack
- irregular heartbeats
- coronary artery disease
- essential tremor
- aortic dissection
Depending on the condition, people may take beta-blockers orally, intravenously, or topically.
Beta-blockers may not be suitable for people with diabetes or low blood sugar, as beta-blockers may mask some of the symptoms of low blood sugar.
People will also need to tell a doctor about any medications, herbal remedies, or supplements they take to check for any interactions before taking beta-blockers.
People will need to follow the instructions of a healthcare professional when taking beta-blockers. These instructions may include:
- taking the medication at the same time each day
- spacing the doses out if taking beta-blockers more than once a day
- making up for a missing a dose by taking the next dose of medication as soon as possible, unless timing is close to the next dose, in which case, continue as usual
- avoiding taking more medication than a doctor prescribes and avoiding taking extra medication to make up for missing doses
- following the advice of a healthcare professional before stopping beta-blocker use
- informing a doctor before taking other medications or supplements or if people experience adverse side effects
People may take metoprolol, or other longer-acting beta-blockers, once a day. For other beta-blockers, people may take them twice a day or more.
People will need to monitor their heart rate and blood pressure while taking beta-blockers and inform their doctor if they notice any significant changes.
Beta receptors exist throughout the body, so blocking their effects
- low blood pressure
- dizziness or feeling light-headed
- sexual dysfunction
- erectile dysfunction
- insomnia or sleep disturbances
- weight gain
If people experience any side effects from beta-blockers, they can contact their doctor to discuss them. People may require treatment or a change in medication for severe side effects. It is important to talk with a doctor before stopping beta-blockers.
People will need to contact a doctor if they experience
- shortness of breath
- persistent coughing or wheezing
- swelling in the feet, ankles, legs, or stomach
- weight gain
- fatigue or feeling tired carrying out everyday activities
- loss of appetite
- confusion, memory loss, or impaired thinking
- increased heart rate or heart palpitations
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Beta-blockers are a type of medication that can help manage cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure.
Beta-blockers work to block beta receptors in the body, which helps increase blood flow and reduce heart rate and blood pressure.
Beta-blockers may cause some side effects, such as dizziness and low blood pressure. If people experience severe adverse side effects from beta-blockers, they must contact a doctor.
Beta-blockers may be unsuitable for people with certain conditions, such as lung conditions or a slow heart rate.