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thumb|right|Propranolol – nejstarší klinicky užívaný β-blokátor Beta-blockers (BB) belong to the group of sympatholytics, they block β-adrenergic reactions. Their effect is competitive antagonism with β-adrenomimetics, ie it suppresses the effect of sympathetic and sympathomimetics on β-adrenergic receptors.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The effect of β-blocker administration is most pronounced within the cardiovascular system. The answer is a negative inotropic, dromotropic, chronotropic and bathmotropic effect on the heart. In other words:

  • reduce the heart rate
  • reduce the force of contraction, ,
  • reduce the conductivity of the transmission system,
  • reduce the excitability (irritability) of the myocardium.

By slowing down the heart rate, myocardial oxygen consumption is reduced and renal excretion in the kidneys is reduced. If β-blockers are given for a short time, they can cause a decrease in cardiac output and an increase in peripheral resistance. Non-selective β-blockers have this effect, as vasodilation is blocked while the function of alpha1-adrenergic receptors causing vasoconstriction is preserved. On the contrary, the effect of long-term use is to reduce peripheral resistance.

Effect on the heart rhythm[edit | edit source]

β-sympatholytics slow down the heart rate by the following mechanisms:

  • they reduce the steepness of the phase 4 action potential, where they block the phosphorylation of the calcium channel and the entry of calcium into the cells.
  • the depolarization rate of the SA and AV nodes is slower,
  • the speed of excitation conduction in the atria and in the AV node is slower,
  • the functional refractory phase of the AV node is prolonged.

Effect on the blood pressure[edit | edit source]

They correct hypertension. The effect usually appears within two hours after administration. At the start of treatment, the blood pressure is adjusted after about 1-2 weeks.

Effect on the pulmonary system[edit | edit source]

Some β-blockers cause bronchoconstriction, so flat-rate prescribing to patients with asthma or COPD is contraindicated. However, if the patient is pharmacologically stabilized, it is possible to use so-called cardioselective β-blockers, which do not affect or stimulate β2-receptors, such as Template: HVLP, Template: HVLP, Template: HVLP, Template: HVLP, Template: HVLP, Template: HVLP, Template: HVLP or Template: HVLP.

Effect on the metabolismus[edit | edit source]

In healthy people, the effect on metabolism is minimal. In diabetics, β-blockers prolong the recovery time from hypoglycemia and at the same time hide one of the symptoms of the onset of hypoglycemia - tachycardia.

Division[edit | edit source]

There are selective and non-selective β-blockers. Both types can have intrinsic sympathomimetic activity (VSA), which allows for a degree of β-adrenomimetic activity referred to as competitive dualism. After their administration, there is no such severe decrease in basal heart rate, and therefore they are often preferred for a lower risk of arrhythmias.

Selective β-blockers have fewer side effects. They are suitable for the treatment of angina pectoris and hypertension and do not affect the plasma lipid spectrum. preview Betaloc® ZOK - Template: HVLP in retarded form for oral administration Vasocardin® - Template: HVLP with a faster onset of action for oral administration

Name of the group Name of the drug Comments
Nonselective BB Template:HVLP the oldest β-blocker used
Template:HVLP antiarrythmic drug
Template:HVLP treatment of local glaucoma
Template:HVLP treatment of local glaucoma
Nonselective BB with ISA pindolol
bopindolol Long-lasting effect
Template:HVLP for local therapy of glaucoma
Selective BB without ISA Template:HVLP Cardioselective ß-blocker
atenolol Cardioselective ß-blocker
metoprololTemplate:HVLP Cardioselective ß-blocker
Template:HVLP Cardioselective ß-blocker
Template:HVLP Cardioselective ß-blocker
talinolol Cardioselective ß-blocker
Template:HVLP antiarrhythmic in SV tachyarrhythmias
Selective BB with ISA Template:HVLP
Template:HVLP cardioselective ß-blocker


In acute medicine, esmolol is used in supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (fibrillation or flutter with rapid ventricular response).

Use[edit | edit source]

Arterial Hypertension[edit | edit source]

β-blockers are among the five basic antihypertensives. The exact mechanism by which β-blockers reduce pressure is unknown. Undoubtedly, it improves the prognosis of patients, reduces left ventricular hypertrophy and is of great importance in hyperkinetic circulation in young hypertensives.

Arrythmias[edit | edit source]

β-blockers are also class II antiarrhythmics. They are mainly used for supraventricular tachycardias. They slow the ventricular response in atrial flutter and reduce the ectopic activity of the ventricles. They are used for thyroid hyperfunction, where they reduce tachycardia and mild muscle tremors. They prevent severe arrhythmias.

Ischemic heart disease- Angina Pectoris[edit | edit source]

By slowing down the frequency, the metabolic oxygen demand of the heart is reduced and at the same time perfusion through the myocardium is improved, as the diastole is prolonged, in which the myocardium is mainly nourished from aa. coronariae. Thus, in myocardial infarction, it is given to promote blood flow and prevent arrhythmias.

Other heart diseases[edit | edit source]

β-blockers are used in heart failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, mainly due to their beneficial effect on myocardial remodeling and reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death. The most commonly used in the treatment of heart failure are: bisoprolol, metoprolol, nebivolol or carvedilol.

Glaucom[edit | edit source]

By reducing the production of intraventricular water, it reduces intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma.

Other indications[edit | edit source]

  • Migraines: prophylaxis
  • tremors
  • portal hypertension, risk of bleeding from esophageal varices

Side effects[edit | edit source]

  • Heart failure due to effects on cardiac output
  • Bradycardia
  • Hypotension
  • Bronchoconstriction
  • Cold limbs (insufficient blood supply)
  • Depression
  • Metabolic derangements
    • hyperkalemia
    • prolongation of recovery from hypoglycaemia in diabetics
    • increase in triacylglycerol concentration, decrease in HDL-lipoproteins (only for β-blockers without VSA)

Contraindications[edit | edit source]

Contraindications result from side effects. It must not be used in bronchial asthma, hypotension, advanced heart failure, significant bradycardia, advanced AV block, in DM.

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