Review: β-blockers are less effective than other antihypertensive drugs for reducing risk for stroke in primary hypertension

May 2006
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2006, Vol. 144 Issue 3, p67
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which determines whether β-blockers are more effective than placebo or other antihypertensive drugs for reducing stroke, myocardial infarction and all-cause mortality in patients with primary hypertension. β-blockers were compared with placebo or no treatment and other antihypertensive drugs. Patients who received β-blockers had a lower incidence of stroke than did patients who received placebo or no treatment, but had a higher incidence of stroke than those who received other antihypertensive drugs. It was found that in patients with primary hypertension, β-blockers are better than placebo or no treatment for reducing risk for stroke.


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