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How important is a beta blocker in the treatment of heart attack patients?

How important is a beta blocker in the treatment of heart attack patients?

Very important: Beta blockers have been shown to keep the heart beating efficiently and effectively, and several studies have shown improved outcomes. There are many different beta blockers available, so a person should discuss with their doctor a balance between effectiveness, side-effects, and cost. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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40yr old female. Take beta blocker for pots, no other heart prob. What r chances of heart attack from stress alone? I have no risk factors except that

40yr old female. Take beta blocker for pots, no other heart prob. What r chances of heart attack from stress alone? I have no risk factors except that

Just about 0.: Acute stress would be very unusual cause of heart attack in relatively young females because they have no significant underlying coronary artery disease (cad). Stress can cause angina in well established CAD and in some, heart attack. Role of chronic stress is debatable. Traditional risk factors for cad: smoking, hypertension, diabetes, age, sex, family history and cholesterol level. ...Read more

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My dad has "40% stenosis at it's origin" in LAD & 40% plaque in the OM1 of LCx. He takes aspirin, beta blocker & chol. drugs. His heart attack risk?

My dad has "40% stenosis at it's origin" in LAD  & 40% plaque in the OM1 of LCx. He takes aspirin, beta blocker & chol. drugs. His heart attack risk?

Manageable: If he has no symptoms, the recommended medical regimen includes the medications he is taking. The only addition, based on his risk factors, would be an ACE inhibitor (highly recommended for diabetes, but may also be helpful otherwise). He should not smoke and all around him should not smoke. If he can be active in moderation, that's good! He should be aware of symptoms and notify his doc ASAP! ...Read more

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Prescribed metoprolol ER (beta blocker)? Only 12.5 mg daily. Is this safe? Can this cause bradycardia or cardiac arrest/heart attack or anything?

Prescribed metoprolol ER (beta blocker)? Only 12.5 mg daily. Is this safe? Can this cause bradycardia or cardiac arrest/heart attack or anything?

Safe: That is a low dose. It can cause a slowing of the heart rate, which can be dramatic and cause symptoms in some individuals. Arrest is rare. You should have your heart rate and ECG checked initially to make sure you are ok on your current dose. ...Read more

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The past 3 days straight Ive been getting heart pain with severe cold sweats,fatigue etc. Even with beta blocker. Heart attack or anxiety?

The past 3 days straight Ive been getting heart pain with severe cold sweats,fatigue etc. Even with beta blocker. Heart attack or anxiety?

Anxiety: I understand your concern about heart attack or Anxiety. Beta blockers are prescribed for Angina, heart attack, high blood pressure, and Anxiety. • Beta blockers can cause Fatigue, cold hands, • HeadacheUpset stomachDiarrhea • Shortness of breath • Trouble sleeping • These are also symptoms of anxiety. See a psychiatrist for Diagnosis and treatment including therapy, medication, and Yoga. ...Read more

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