Blood Pressure Rx for Heart Failure May Extend Life

Blood Pressure Rx for Heart Failure May Extend Life

January 4, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


Blood pressure drugs called beta blockers
are proven to help some heart failure patients. And now, there’s new research that shows beta
blockers may help an even wider range of heart failure patients live longer. I’m Rachelle
Grossman with your latest health news. Beta blockers treat high blood pressure by relaxing
blood vessels, and slowing a patient’s heart rate. Past research shows beta blockers can
effectively treat patients with diastolic heart failure. The newest study looked to
see if people with systolic heart failure might live longer taking beta blockers. With
systolic heart failure, the heart doesn’t contract as it should, and there’s been no
proven therapy for patients. The research team found that a higher percentage of heart
failure patients being treated with beta blockers survived at least five years, compared to
those untreated. Ask your cardiologist if beta blocker treatment may be right for you.