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Am J Cardiol. 1985 Apr 26;55(10):120D-124D.

Rationale for beta-adrenergic blocking drugs in cardiomyopathy.

Abstract

Activation of the sympathetic nervous system has traditionally been regarded as an important compensatory mechanism that helps to maintain myocardial contractility in severe heart failure. Recent findings suggest that increased catecholamine levels are linked to decreased beta-adrenergic receptor density and myocardial damage. Thus, rather than aiding the failing heart, increased myocardial exposure to catecholamines may actually contribute to further deterioration in myocardial function. Beta-adrenergic blocking drugs may ameliorate these harmful effects and paradoxically result in improved ventricular performance.

PMID:
2859789
DOI:
10.1016/0002-9149(85)91066-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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