Beta blockers

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Beta blockers are a type of drugs that can help to slow the rate and force with which your heart beats.

They’re prescribed to treat a wide range of conditions that can cause symptoms like this, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, irregular heartbeats and mental health issues like anxiety.

Also known by their more formal name - beta-adrenoceptor blocking agents - beta blockers are used to diminish the effects of the hormone adrenaline, as well as expanding blood vessels to improve flow and thereby reduce blood pressure.

If you’re suffering from a blood-pressure or heart-related condition, or are experiencing mental health issues that cause heart palpitations - don’t delay, speak to a doctor today.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms and medical history and decide whether beta blockers could offer the right treatment for your condition.

Some of the most commonly prescribed beta blockers include:


How do beta blockers work?

Also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, beta blockers are a class of drugs with a wide range of applications.

When stimulated, certain nerves in your body will release the chemical noradrenalin. This, in turn, acts on the beta-adregergic receptors, which are located throughout your body - in your heart, brain and blood vessels.

When they come into contact with noradrenalin, a range of effects can occur - from a faster heart rate to changes in muscle behaviour.

Beta blockers interfere with this process by coating the receptors and preventing them from interacting with noradrenaline and other hormones like epinephrine.

Since these receptors are present in several different parts of the body, beta blockers can be used to reduce the symptoms of a wide range of physical and mental conditions.

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