Do beta-blockers prevent heart disease and strokes in people with high blood pressure? Evidence Update, Non-communicable Diseases Series, February 2008.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Wiysonge CS, Bradley H, Mayosi BM, Maroney R, Mbewu A, Opie LH, Volmink J. Beta-blockers for hypertension. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD002003.
In people with high blood pressure, there is no evidence that beta-blockers reduce the number of deaths. Beta-blockers reduce the risk of strokes but are less effective than calcium channel blockers (CCBs) or renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp.