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Effect on heart: They reduce heart rate and cardiac output which can reduce BP. Most BP lowering drugs do dilate blood vessels to lower BP and those are generally the best drugs to use for treatment of high BP. Beta blockers are usually add on drugs to reduce tachycardia, arrhythmias and stress on heart that might be helpful to further reduce BP or adverse events especially in patients with heart disease. ...Read more
Can be, not usually: Beta blockers can slow the heart, decrease blood pressure, cause abnormal heart rhythms (even fatal ones), cause bronchospasm (asthma/wheezing), heart failure, mental status changes, rash, allergic reactions. May require aggressive medical rx, especially if taken with other meds. ...Read more
YES: Numerous research studies show that beta sitosterol lowers LDL cholesterol 9-14%. Beta sitosterol can be consumed by eating foods rich in plant sterols and stanols and also by taking supplements. See http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/phytosterols for details. ...Read more
Are beta blockers & calcium channel blockers truly contradicted in Wolff-Parkinson-White patients?
Maybe: Please forgive this senior physician's frankness. The data on carotenes and lycopenes is so massive, so contradictory, is so tied up with the politics of "healthy diet", and makes so little sense scientifically that your question cannot be answered. In science, the stuff that's really true is generally established quickly. I love eating carrots, but would not spend money supplementing carotene. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It's not a listed side effect and I've personally never seen it happen. ...Read more
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