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Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina and Beta Blockers

Written by ColleenO.

Beta blockers are intended to prevent anginal attacks or heart attacks. Beta blockers are also prescribed when recovering from a heart attack in order to lessen the likelihood of recurrence.

Common beta blockers include:

  • Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
  • Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Propranolol (Inderal)
  • Carvedilol (Coreg)
  • Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
  • Pindolol (Apo-Pindol)
  • Acebutolol (Sectral)
  • Labetalol (Trandate)
  • Betaxolol (Kerlone)
  • Cartelol (Cartrol)
  • Penbutolol (Levatol)
  • Esmolol (Brevibloc)

Effect of Beta Blockers on Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina

Beta blockers are intended to prevent anginal attacks or heart attacks. They do this by helping to slow the heart rate and reduce blood pressure, especially during exercise.

Read more details about Beta Blockers.

Possible side effects of beta blockers include:

  • Unusual tiredness or weakness (fatigue)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow heart rate
  • Decreased sexual ability
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Trouble sleeping/nightmares
  • Breathing difficulty or asthma
  • Decreased ability to participate in strenuous physical activity

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