Are There Natural Beta-Blockers?
Beta-blockers are drugs used to treat high blood pressure. They lower your heart rate and blood pressure so that they don’t cause too much damage to your organs. They work by lowering the amount of chemicals called “adrenaline” in your body. These chemicals help you fight off attacks from the harmful effects of stress or other things like anxiety.
Some people have very high levels of adrenaline. If these people take beta-blockers, their hearts may start to race and they may feel lightheaded.
This is why some doctors prescribe them to patients with high blood pressure.
Other people have normal amounts of adrenaline in their bodies. These people do not need beta-blockers because their heart rates and blood pressures remain stable even when stressed out or anxious.
These types of individuals are sometimes referred to as “at risk.”
In either case, beta-blockers are prescribed to prevent sudden death in patients with high blood pressure.
Natural Beta-Blockers: A New Option For High Blood Pressure Patients?
There are many reasons why taking beta-blockers might be dangerous for someone with high blood pressure. One reason is that they increase the risk of stroke. Strokes can happen if the arteries supplying blood to your brain become clogged with plaque (hardened material).
When the brain is deprived of blood, it can no longer function properly. This leads to a stroke.
Arteries that have become clogged with plaque are more likely to rupture which can lead to a clot developing. If this clot dislodges from the artery, it can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
In addition, sudden changes in heart rate and blood pressure may be deadly for people suffering from heart failure or other conditions that impair normal organ functioning.
How might natural beta-blockers be helpful?
Aspirin is often used to lower a patient’s risk of having a heart attack. It does this by preventing the formation of clots.
Some herbs (including ginger, garlic, and ginkgo) have also been found to thin the blood. This means that blood clots are less likely to develop.
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