Harvard Health Letter

New thinking about beta blockers

Beta blockers are no longer the first line of defense used to lower blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure, there may be better alternatives.

Beta blockers, which slow the heart rate, are commonly prescribed to people who have had a heart attack, and to people with heart failure or an irregular heartbeat. But for people with high blood pressure, beta blockers are no longer a first line of defense.

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