Navigation Links
Expert: Time to break the beta blocker habit?
Date:11/11/2012

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) November 2012 - First developed in the 1950s, beta blockers have been a mainstay in medicine for decades, used to treat everything from heart disease to stage fright to glaucoma. But some older classes of beta blockers are causing new concerns.

"Studies show that older beta blockers can increase a patient's risk of diabetes by more than 25 percent," said Dr. Ragavendra Baliga, a cardiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "So, I am actually switching many of my patients to a 'newer' beta-blocker, which is less likely to cause diabetes while proving just as effective in treating heart failure and other conditions," he said.

Baliga recently published an editorial on the topic in Heart Failure Clinics of North America, in which he suggests that perhaps it's time to break tradition of long-term use of some beta-blockers.

AUDIO: First approved for use in the 1950s, beta blockers have been called the first "blockbuster " drug ever developed in the US. Today, millions of people take them for everything from...

Click here for more information.

"The older beta-blockers are double-edged swords," he said. "They save lives, but you want to avoid complications down the road, like diabetes."

That's a message that hits especially close to home for Mark Bero. Recently diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, Bero was prescribed beta blockers. "So far it's worked wonderfully for me," said Bero. "Beta blockers are keeping my heart healthy and I feel great."

But if anyone knows the risks and dangers of diabetes, it's Bero. "I had a younger brother with diabetes, who had complications. He went into a diabetic coma and he never came out of it," he said.

Knowing his family history, and growing concerns over the extended use of some beta blockers, Bero and his doctor are keeping a close eye on his condition.

"Diabetes can creep up on you very slowly, even before you know it," said Baliga. "Down the road, diabetes will likely cause more heart attacks, more strokes, more peripheral vascular disease and a variety of conditions," said Baliga.

"The newer classes of beta blockers seem to reduce those risks," said Baliga, a message he is hoping to get out to patients and doctors alike. "We need to be very vigilant about medications we're taking for our conditions," he said. "The last thing we want to do is to treat one condition and risk another."

Baliga says you should never switch medications without talking to you doctor first, but if you are taking beta blockers, you may want to discuss the class of drug your taking and the risks that may be involved.


'/>"/>

Contact: Allison Wenger
allison@mediasourcetv.com
614-565-4079
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Parents of Kids With Cancer No More Likely to Break Up
2. Measles Outbreaks in 2011 Were Worst in 15 Years: CDC
3. Groundbreaking Nigeria summit results in major commitment to reduce child deaths
4. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute announces breakthrough for degenerative vision disorder
5. Investigators trace of role reusable grocery bag in norovirus outbreak
6. Wheelchair Breakdowns on the Rise, Study Finds
7. Scientists make breakthrough in bile duct cancer with discovery of new gene mutations
8. An important breakthrough in immunology by IRCM researchers
9. Van Beek’s Garden Supplies Set to Break Records with Busiest Top Soil Season Ever
10. Ear, Nose & Throat Journal publishes research on breakthrough treatment for tonsil stones
11. Trivedi Beef, LLC Announces Breakthrough Beef Industry Data without the use of Antibiotic Drugs, Hormones or Steroids
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Expert: Time to break the beta blocker habit?
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Derrin Doty Group has unveiled the latest charity campaign in ... west of Seattle. The insurance provider’s caring team has been so moved by the ... to complications from the flu, that they have decided to extend their original campaign. ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 ... ... the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) is slated to host the 2016 National ... chance for all current SACA national officers and chapter officers to come together ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... Vitenas Cosmetic ... Healthcare Design Awards, presented by the American Institute of Architects and the Academy of ... by the renowned Perkins+Will and Harrell Architects, opened to patients in October of 2014. ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Benjamin Stong of Kalos Facial ... treatment. Dr. Stong is double board certified and the only facial plastic surgeon ... of hair loss. Non-surgical therapies such as stem cells can be used to provide ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... ... In honor of National Nurses Week 2016, Aya Healthcare , the ... thank a nurse who's made a difference in their life. From Friday, May 6 ... of San Diego/Imperial Counties (up to $10,000) every time someone tells them via social ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... an upgrade. There are many medical recorders on the market but none like this. ... HD  offers unparalleled connectivity and functionality.  Ampronix  is a renowned authorized reseller of the ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160503/363416 ... ... ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... New Jersey , May 4, 2016 ... its successful completion of an alternative public offering (APO). ... wholly owned operating company, Valeritas, Inc. and a private ... common stock at $5.00 per share. Under ... on May 3, 2016, Valeritas Holdings, Inc. will trade ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 2016 Research and ... Acute lymphocytic Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, provides ... products, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia epidemiology, Acute Lymphocytic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: