Beta Blockers

Beta-blockers should not be used as 1st-line therapy for uncomplicated hypertension in patients >60 years (Canada), unless there are comorbid conditions which benefit from beta- blockers. (Beta-blockers are highly effective agents in patients with other indications (such as post-myocardial infarction for a time limited period, or heart failure with reduced ejection fraction).

REFERENCES:

  1. Atenolol & Beta-Blockers for Primary Hypertension:  Do They Perform Under Pressure? – Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP)
  2. Beta Blocker Use After Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Patient with Normal Systolic Function: When is it “Ok” to Discontinue? – Current Cardiology Reviews, 2012, 8, 77-84
  3. How Long Should We Continue Beta-Blockers After MI? – American College of Cardiology