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Beta-blockers help reduce the work the heart does. They do this by slowing your heartbeat and lowering your blood pressure. Some people take beta-blockers before surgery to lower the risk of heart problems after surgery. But beta-blockers are not right for everyone. Whether they are right for you depends on the type of surgery, your health, and your risk of heart problems. If you are having a heart surgery, you might take them to lower your risk of a heart rhythm problem. For other surgeries, you might take them to lower your risk of a heart attack and heart rhythm problems.
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any type of beta-blocker. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), severe asthma, or frequent asthma attacks.
These drugs include:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
You may have other side effects or reactions not listed here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
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Current as of: April 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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