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Do beta blockers reduce heart size? How can an enlarged heart be reduced?
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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: They can
Over a long period of time, beta blockers and other anti hypertensives can reduce lvh.

In brief: They can
Over a long period of time, beta blockers and other anti hypertensives can reduce lvh.
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Dr. Michael Borookhim
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Traditionally medications that reduce blood pressure or cause after load reduction will result over time in reduction of left ventricular hypertrophy.
In patients with heart failure, i prefer to use ace inhibitors as my first line agent.

In brief: Yes
Traditionally medications that reduce blood pressure or cause after load reduction will result over time in reduction of left ventricular hypertrophy.
In patients with heart failure, i prefer to use ace inhibitors as my first line agent.
Dr. Michael Borookhim
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly, by cause
Whether treatment reduces heart size (by echo is best) depends on cause of enlarged heart.
Beta-blockers are great for heart failure and hypertension, but need to be used judiciously by skilled physicians caring for patients with the condition causing enlarged heart. Careful monitoring absolutely required due to possible adverse effects.

In brief: Possibly, by cause
Whether treatment reduces heart size (by echo is best) depends on cause of enlarged heart.
Beta-blockers are great for heart failure and hypertension, but need to be used judiciously by skilled physicians caring for patients with the condition causing enlarged heart. Careful monitoring absolutely required due to possible adverse effects.
Dr. Irv Loh
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Dr. DAVID AMOS
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Enlarge heart
No, beta blockers cannot reduce heart size but can reduce fatal arrythmias.

In brief: Enlarge heart
No, beta blockers cannot reduce heart size but can reduce fatal arrythmias.
Dr. DAVID AMOS
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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Better by Beta
Essentially, beta blockers prevent further enlargement of the heart muscle due to hypertrophy (increase muscle fibers), due to strenuous pumping against resistance as seen in high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, once the heart muscle is too large its function actually declines and the pumping action weakens. The best option is to prevent enlargement as it's not reversible once it has occurred.

In brief: Better by Beta
Essentially, beta blockers prevent further enlargement of the heart muscle due to hypertrophy (increase muscle fibers), due to strenuous pumping against resistance as seen in high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, once the heart muscle is too large its function actually declines and the pumping action weakens. The best option is to prevent enlargement as it's not reversible once it has occurred.
Dr. Joseph De santi
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