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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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Following the publication of guidelines supporting beta blocker use in high risk patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery and using beta blockers in many different clinical settings, pre-ICU practitioners and intensivists have become more HR-conscious, and their use has increased.
Cost may also influence medication selection (in general generic beta blockers and diuretics are cheaper than calcium channel blockers and ARBs).
According to research presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting this month, patients taking beta blockers for hypertension may be less likely to have brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Beta blockers constitute one of the most important classes of medications because of their ability to block the action of noradrenalin or adrenalin, also referred to as norepinephrine and epinephrine.
Although the Losartan tablets are more expensive than traditional beta blockers, the reduction in strokes could bring a huge financial saving to the NHS.
Meurer offered a caveat regarding beta blockers in CHF: The randomized trials generally didn't officially begin until after a several-week-long run-in period, during which patients could be dropped from study "If you put someone on a beta blocker for heart failure it's important to watch them very closely in that first couple of weeks, because we don't have any data for that period.
The metaanalysis was undertaken because only 1 of the 32 published clinical trials on beta blockers in congestive heart failure--the U.S.
They treated the mice with immunotherapy and with or without the pan beta blocker propranolol.
The researchers wrote, "Further research is warranted to identify subroups that benefit from beta blocker therapy and the optimal duration of beta blocker therapy."
Washington, January 8 ( ANI ): Taking blood pressure drugs known as beta blockers may reduce the risk of brain changes that can lead to Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, according to a study.
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.
Beta blockers, such as atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL) and propranolol (Inderal, Inderal LA), certainly have their place in the fight to lower blood pressure--just not on the front lines.