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do beta blockers improve poor circulation due to heart disease?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Not really: Beta blockers are important medications for people with heart disease because the may help prevent another 'heart attack'. In addition, they slow the pulse, which allows the heart muscle to spend a little more time resting (which is good for the heart) and the heart muscle does get more blood. They lower blood pressure also, which may improve circulation slightly.
Answered on Mar 15, 2019
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Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Beta blockers: Slow heart rate decrease blood pressure. With coronary artery disease there is a critical balance between oxygen delivery( blood flow) and oxygen demand (work). Beta blockers lower demand by slowing heart and lowering resistance decreased blood pressure shifting the balance to increased oxygen delivery for work performed in a given unit of time.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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