How effective are beta blockers for coronary artery disease management?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Beta blockers benefit people with coronary artery disease in several ways. They reduce chest pain and other symptoms of angina and also control abnormal heart rhythms. Beta blockers improve the chances of survival after a heart attack and reduce the risk of another heart attack.

Beta blockers are most effective for people who have chest pain or other symptoms with exertion and for those with high blood pressure, heart failure, left ventricular hypertrophy, ventricular arrhythmias, or a previous heart attack. 

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