Which medications in the drug class Beta-Adrenergic Receptor Blockers are used in the treatment of Aortic Stenosis?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: Xiushui (Mike) Ren, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Beta-Adrenergic Receptor Blockers

The medical treatment options are limited in symptomatic patients with aortic stenosis who are not candidates for surgery. Beta-blockers may be used if the predominant symptom is angina.

Esmolol (Brevibloc)

Esmolol is an ultra–short-acting that selectively blocks beta1-receptors with little or no effect on beta2-receptor types. It is particularly useful in patients with elevated arterial pressure, especially if surgery is planned.

Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)

Metoprolol is a selective beta1-adrenergic receptor blocker that decreases the automaticity of contractions. During intravenous (IV) administration, carefully monitor blood pressure (BP), heart rate, and electrocardiogram (ECG).


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