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Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5257
ISSN (Online): 1875-6182

Beta-Blockers use for Hypertension in the Elderly

Author(s): Julio Herrera

Volume 12, Issue 3, 2014

Page: [152 - 159] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1871525713666150310112759

Price: $65


Beta-blockers are considered as suitable drugs to treat essential hypertension also in elderly patients and they are currently recommended for treatment of hypertension, even in older patients, by the ESH/ESC Guidelines. Different meta-analyses and results of some large clinical trials have shown that here is no clinically difference between β-blockers and other drug classes in decreasing high blood pressure in elderly hypertensive patients. The new vasodilating β-blockers, as nebivolol, carvedilol and celiprolol, offer additional important advantages, compared with traditional β-blockers. The cardio-protective effect of β-blockers (except atenolol) is not inferior to that obtained with other drug classes which is independent of age and gender of the patients.

Keywords: Beta-blockers, elderly, hypertension.

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