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Beta Blockers

Beta blockers are among the most-prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure. However, they can cause impotence, tiredness at rest and during exercise, and weight gain; and they increase risk for diabetes. Furthermore, a study from Sweden showed that beta blockers increase risk of strokes (Lancet, October 29, 2005).

Brand names of the beta blockers include Toprol, Inderal, Blocadron, Coreg, Inopran, Levatol, Pindolol, Sectral, Tenormin, Timolol Trandate, Zebeta and Bisoprol. Studies show that they are the drugs of choice to treat people who have had heart attacks, heart pain, heart failure, rapid heart beat and atrial fibrillation. However, even though many physicians prescribe beta blockers to treat high blood pressure in their patients who have not had heart attacks, no data show that they prevent heart attacks in healthy people. Besides, they often make a person so tired that he has difficulty exercising.

My recommendations for treatment of high blood pressure

Checked 8/9/09

May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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