Features November 2017 Issue

Beta Blockers May Help Treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Normal heart (top), Pulmonary Hypertension heart (bottom)

Beta Blockers May Help Treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

The drugs are typically used to treat standard high blood pressure, but evidence suggests a role for beta blockers to treat this serious lung problem.

PAH is a debilitating disease caused by high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. It often leads to right-sided heart failure. This condition is characterized by a weakening of the right ventricle (lower chamber on the heartís right side), which pumps blood to the lungs to exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen.

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