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Using beta-blockers to treat heart failure

Nguyen, Timothy PharmD, BCPS, CCP, FASCP; Shaheed, Ahmed; Venigalla, Srikanth; Mullokandov, Emanuel

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: December 2014 - Volume 27 - Issue 12 - p 50–55
doi: 10.1097/
Special Topics in Cardiology

ABSTRACT Bisoprolol, carvedilol, metoprolol, and nebivolol are beta-blocker drugs used to improve survival in patients with systolic heart failure. This article reviews these drugs and how practitioners can initiate and titrate them for maximum patient benefit.

Timothy Nguyen is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Long Island University's Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Brooklyn, N.Y., and an adjunct clinical pharmacology professor in Long Island University's PA program and at St. Peter's University in New Jersey. Ahmed Shaheed, Srikanth Venigalla, and Emanuel Mullokandov are doctor of pharmacy candidates at Long Island University. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD, department editor

© 2014 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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