Beta Blockers
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Beta blockers are used to treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, glaucoma and migraines. Find out more about this class of medication from Dr. Edward Hill in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

A beta blocker is medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems. A beta blocker blocks the harmful effects of stress hormones on your heart and makes your heart rate slower. Beta blockers can also be used to prevent migraine headaches in people who get them frequently.

Beta blockers can be used to treat congestive heart failure, but people with severe heart failure may not be able to take a beta blocker. A beta blocker reduces the risk of another heart attack for people who have already had one.

Most people who take beta blockers do well and experience no side effects. But because beta blockers slow your heart, they may make you feel tired. You also may notice that you canít exercise as hard as you used to. For example, you may get out of breath when you take a walk or climb stairs. Talk to your doctor if you have these problems after you start taking a beta blocker.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.