Should beta-blockers still be recommended as first-line therapy for essential hypertension in younger patients?
AbstractMr. M is a 48 year-old male teacher who has had essentialhypertension for the past 2 years. He is a non-smoker and isnot diabetic. There is no family history of heart disease. Hisblood pressure is well-controlled at 129/78 mmHg (pulse rate60/min) with atenolol at 100mg daily. Clinically, there is notarget organ damage. He has heard that the use of betablockers in hypertension is now controversial and has askedif he should continue taking atenolol. (copied from article)
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