Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure and Improve Heart Performance (Beta Blockers)

Examples

Atenolol - Atenolol is used to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate. It is effective in treatment of angina pectoris and improves survival following heart attack.

Labetalol - Labetalol lowers blood pressure and slows heart heart rate and is useful for severe high blood pressure in the ICU setting.

Metoprolol - Metoprolol is used to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate. It is effective in treatment of angina pectoris and improves survival following heart attack.

What is a beta blocker drug?

Sometimes the heart works too hard pumping blood. Beta blockers reduce blood pressure and reduce heart rate, thereby decreasing the work of the heart.

Why are they given?

The doctor determines that the patient's blood pressure is too high and/or the heart may be working too hard.

How long are they used?

Usually this type of medication may be given for a short period of time or may be taken for the rest of the patient's life.

Do they have side effects?

Side effects do occur. This class of drugs can cause a slow heart rate, aggravate asthma or emphysema, and can occasionally worsen heart failure.