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A 37-year-old male asked:

Beta blockers. do they help w/ anxiety instead of xanax (alprazolam) or ssri? i have lbbb and ef at 45-50%. getting plenty of panic with my fatigue, heart fine

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Some do: Betablockers that cross the blood brain barrier are good for panic and stage freight (and have an actual approved indication for this) while selective bbs do not. Propranolol crosses well, while atenolol crosses poorly. Metoprolol is intermediate. Discussing your cardiomyopathy with a counselor is likely to be even better and you should consider it.

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