High Blood Pressure -
Channel Blockers and Diuretics Better than Beta Blockers According to
June 28th 2006
The National Health Service (NHS) of England and Wales says that
patients should not be prescribed beta blockers for the treatment of
high blood pressure (hypertension). They say other drugs are better at
treating the condition, citing the increased risk for developing
The newer drugs are more effective at protecting patients from heart
attacks and strokes, according to the BBC. The NHS said there is no
need to make a special trip to the general practitioner (GP), but the
treatment should be reviewed at your next visit.
This is a “major shake-up” according to Reuters, and will change the way
doctors are being advised to treat high blood pressure. They say GPs
will no longer offer drugs called beta blockers as a first treatment for
the high blood pressure.