Beta-Blockers for Heart Failure
How Well It Works
Certain beta-blockers have been shown to:Reference 1
- Improve the percentage of blood pumped from the left ventricle with each heartbeat (ejection fraction).
- Reduce the need for hospital stays.
- Slow the progression of heart failure.
- Reduce the risk of death caused by heart attack and heart failure.
Beta-blockers are one of four medicines recommended for use in most people who have systolic heart failure. Others include diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and sometimes digoxin.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Margaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy