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:3/29/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Patients interested in receiving quick and effective ... Cameron, with or without a referral. The FASTBRACES system is valued for its ... patient’s case, treatment with the FASTBRACES system could be completed in 120 days ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ANN ARBOR, Mich. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is growing as it continues developing ... the dietary supplement industry. The organization, which plans to publish the first ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Altima Technologies, Inc., ... network and data center assets and audio-video devices has recently updated its Visio ... shapes for free and download shapes and stencils from http://www.VisioStencils.com. , ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... ... oral braces. "The rubber bands used in conjunction with my braces always rubbed ... to design a way to prevent this problem." The O.B.S. was the result ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... The assembly ... assembly protocols involve many repetitive steps and often scientists require many different versions ... high-throughput needed, and results in a lower error rate and cost saving for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017  Novartis announced today ... has accepted the company,s Biologics License Application (BLA) ... an investigational chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) ... young adult patients with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia ... Novartis for a CAR-T. The priority review designation ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "South ... & Forecast" report to their offering. ... The South Korean Proton Therapy Market is expected to ... Untapped Proton Therapy Market for South Korea was ... Proton Therapy plays an important role in delivering comprehensive cancer care to ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017  Zynex (OTCQB: ZYXI), an innovative medical technology ... medical devices for pain management, stroke rehabilitation, cardiac monitoring ... the Company,s 2016 full-year investor webcast on Monday, April 3, ... The Company expects to file its 2016 full year ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: