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beta blocker

[′bād·ə¦bläk·ər]
(neuroscience)
An adrenergic blocking agent capable of blocking nerve impulses to special sites (beta receptors) in the cerebellum; reduces the rate of heartbeats and the force of heart contractions.
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If you're on a beta blocker for high blood pressure, talk with your doctor about it and see if you should make a change," Dr.
The study also revealed that even long-term use or subtypes of beta blockers showed no reduction of colorectal cancer risk.
Beta blockers are not typically used as a first line treatment for high blood pressure, and there is some evidence (Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Sept.
But our research shows there are no adverse effects and in fact, when used in addition to regular treatments like inhalers, the beta blockers have a very positive effect," added Lipworth.
In cases of uncomplicated hypertension, other medications, such as diuretics, are preferable to beta blockers at protecting against stroke and heart attack, according to an analysis reported in the August 14 Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).
Yudofsky, who wrote an editorial accompanying the report, adds that most cases of depression among beta blocker users can be handled with traditional approaches such as antidepressants and psychotherapy.