Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beta Blockers Losing Their Luster

The CAFÉ study showed that beta blockers have more side effects than benefits to the heart when used to control blood pressure.  They result in less protection of the kidneys, less avoidance of left ventricular hypertrophy, more insulin resistance, reduced exercise tolerance, weight gain, and more problems with withdrawal than other BP meds.  There was some benefit for these drugs to prevent strokes.  Many patients come to me for natural alternatives to BP meds.  My first choices are an herbal preparation with Rauwolfia in it and magnesium.  They are usually quite effective without side effects.

See Family Practice News, March 1, 2014, p. 26-27.

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