In medical conditions. Patient were getting relief from migraines,

In
today’s medical world, there are multiple options for treatment of
hypertension.  If a patient is newly
diagnosed with hypertension, it was common for the patient to be started on a
beta-blocker.  Beta-blockers were previously
the most commonly prescribed medication due to their mechanism of action and showing
a minimal chance of reaction to patients. 
Treatments have changed over time to find that beta-blockers are less
preferred as they were in the past, but has found an increase in use for
various medical conditions.  The
use of beta-blockers has decreased with time.  This is due to multiple factors.  One of the factors is that optimizing the
dosage can be difficult for patients.  Another
factor is that some beta blocker may cross the blood brain barrier which may show
effects of the central nervous system.  A
third factor is that interactions of beta-blockers with other medications.  This may result is bradycardia.  Finally, a fourth and final factor is that
there is a possibility of an accidental overdose.  This can be treated with the obvious epi or
atropine, but it may able be treated with a large variety of other medications
such as glucagon, insulin, or calcium. 
This accidental overdose may possible be related back to medication
optimization difficulties.Even
though the use of beta-blockers has decreased with time, its usage has
increased with certain medical conditions. 
Beta-blockers work well when used in conjunction with other cardiac
related medications for vasodilation to reduce tachycardia.  Where once they were thought of to be
inhibiting to cardiac patients, they are now considered detrimental to patients
with heart failure and reduced ejection fracture.  Multiple studies have found that patient had
better survival rates with angina and tachycardia if they were to use a
beta-blocker.Beta-blockers
were initially used only for hypertension.  But what developed over time was patients that
were using beta-blockers were noting a reduction in symptoms from secondary medical
conditions.  Patient were getting relief
from migraines, hypothyroidism, intraocular pressure, tremors, and many
additional medical conditions.  This may
be in part to beta-blockers having various pharmacological effects on various
areas of the body.  Some have intrinsic sympathomimetic
activity, while others cause vasodilation, and others have a significant
antioxidant effect.What
is not well known is that beta-blockers have a rich history that has existed
ever since their creation in the 1960’s. 
Beta-blockers have won the Nobel Prize in 1998.  This was due to it being the first treatment for
angina in over 100 years since the creation of nitroglycerine.  It has also been in multiple medication
trials that were named with astrologic names (Gemini, Copernicus, and Comet).  Also, beta-blockers have been banned by the
World Anti-Doping Agency.  Athletes that
participate in archery, automobile racing, billiards, darts, golf, ski jumping,
and underwater sports are banned from using beta-blockers.

Ancient
races believed that a person needed to have balance of the “body humors” for
optimal health.  The use of beta-blockers
for the appropriate patient is a reaffirmation of that belief.  Even though it is not as frequently used
today, the right beta-blocker for the job can do a lot for the health of the
patient.  

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