PMID: 21293573May 1, 1980

Current status of Beta blocker therapy

Canadian Family Physician Médecin De Famille Canadien
J D Gray


Beta-adrenergic blocking agents are an increasingly important class of drugs to the family physician. Diseases such as ischemic heart disease, hypertension and hyperthyroidism have responded dramatically to beta-blocking therapy. This article summarizes some of the current knowledge on the beta-receptor, the indications for beta-receptor blocking therapy, and the properties of the five beta-blocking agents currently available to Canadian physicians.

Related Concepts

Receptors, Adrenergic, beta-1
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Hypertensive Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Beta Adrenoceptor Activity
Pharmacologic Substance

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