Beta Blockers May Not Be as Effective as Previously Thought

Dr. Sahil Parikh says patients should discuss continued use of beta blockers with their doctors.
3:00 | 10/02/12

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So I think for years it's been sort of dogma that patients who have heart disease should be taking beta blockers. That the action of the medications to slow the heart rate and protect the heart from -- damage -- when there's -- heart muscle. It also blocks of -- hormones your body creates such as adrenaline which have bad effects on the heart and long term. So we've known for decades -- this is the case and really the standard of care has been to -- beta blockers and patient who has heart disease or heart attack. The data from the study that's been released today suggests that. There may be less of an impact of these medications now that we have contemporary medications. Such as cholesterol lowering agents and better treatments for heart attacks in the first place. So it seems to me that when putting it altogether. When patients have heart attacks or have damage the heart muscle it still widely accepted the beta blockers prevent future heart attacks and save lives. When it comes to patients who have had a prior heart attack or who had just blockages in -- -- without a heart attack or even less importantly risk factors for heart disease. The effectiveness of beta blockers is in question like with anything else. The patient should check with his or her doctor. Regarding whether they should continue or stop their beta blockers I think abrupt cessation of beta blockers can have some bad side effects. And can potentially be dangerous for some patients so I don't think that any patient should take it on the road. Consideration to stop the beta blocker what they should do is talk to their doctor about. I do think it's reasonable -- for patients to discuss it with their doctors as to whether they should stay on beta blockers -- they should take an alternate medication. Or perhaps change their -- of the --

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