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Am J Cardiol. 2004 May 6;93(9A):7B-12B.

beta-Blockers in hypertension: is carvedilol different?

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  • 1Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121, USA. FMesserli@aol.com

Abstract

Most studies assessing the effects of beta-blockers were carried out with traditional, beta(1)-selective beta-blockers, such as metoprolol and atenolol. Pathophysiologic and pharmacologic studies have documented that not all beta-blockers are created equal. In particular, the pharmacologic and clinical profiles of the newer, vasodilating beta-blockers, such as carvedilol, have been shown to differ from those of the traditional beta-blockers. These differences, although relevant in the younger patient with hypertension, are particularly important in elderly patients in whom traditional beta-blockers may not be as effective or as well tolerated as the newer vasodilating agents.

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