Preventive Cardiology: Beta-blockers
Commonly Prescribed Beta-Blockers
- High blood pressure
- Coronary artery disease (CAD), including angina (pain or discomfort in the chest), or a history of heart attack
- Heart failure
- Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) such as atrial fibrillation
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Pheochromocytoma, a rare tumor in the adrenal gland
- Thyrotoxicosis—worsening of hyperthyroidism
- Essential tremor
How Beta-Blockers Work
What You Should Know
Other Potential Concerns
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Cold hands and feet
- Slow heart rate
- Weakness or lightheadedness
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of sex drive
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.com
Acebutolol. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 18, 2013. Accessed November 13, 2014
Atenolol. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 18, 2013. Accessed November 13, 2014.
Beta blockers for heart failure. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 11, 2014. Accessed November 13, 2014.
Cardiac medications. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Cardiac-Medications%5FUCM%5F303937%5FArticle.jsp. Updated October 24, 2014. Accessed November 13, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/13/2012 -
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