Beta-blocker medicines slow the heart rate and decrease how forcefully the heart contracts, reducing the amount of oxygen the heart needs to work. Beta-blockers are often used to treat heart conditions, including high blood pressure, heart failure, and fast or irregular heart rates.
Beta-blockers are also used for other health problems such as migraine headaches and glaucoma.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Margaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy|
|Last Revised||April 26, 2012|
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