Coronary Heart disease – Beta blockers and Nitrates
Coronary Heart Disease – Beta blockers and Nitrates
Beta blockers and CHD
Beta blockers can be effective drugs to prevent the onset of an angina attack, as well as to manage high blood pressure.
Beta blockers work by inhibiting or blocking the effect of adrenaline. This inhibition reduces the heart rate and therefore results in a lowered blood pressure.
As is the case for many other drugs, there are patients who do not benefit from the drug or may even experience adverse events that may potentially lead to hospitalisation. Therefore, Future Genetics is also focusing its efforts on finding personalised medicine in this setting.
Nitrates and CHD
Nitrates are also referred to as vasodilators, and their function is to widen the open space within blood vessels. The open space within blood vessels is called the lumen. The way nitrates work is that they relax the arteries which in turn allows a greater volume of blood to pass.
Nitrates are available in spray, tablet, and skin patch forms.
Common side effects associated with this type of medicine include:
- Flush skin