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Hypertension and Alpha-Beta Blockers

Read more about Alpha-Beta Blockers.

Overview

Alpha-beta blockers may be prescribed to help control hypertension.

Common alpha-beta blockers include:

Effect of Alpha-Beta Blockers on Hypertension

Alpha-beta blockers lower blood pressure by decreasing nerve impulses to the blood vessels. They also slow the heart rate and decrease the force of contraction. This decreases the workload of the heart and helps lower the blood pressure.

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects of alpha-beta blockers include:

  • Dizziness
  • Postural hypotension (blood pressure falls when standing up)

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