Which medications in the drug class Blockers, Beta-1 Selective are used in the treatment of Renovascular Hypertension?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Rebecca J Schmidt, DO, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Blockers, Beta-1 Selective

Adrenergic blockers (both alpha-adrenergic and beta-adrenergic) compete with adrenergic neurotransmitters (eg, catecholamines) for binding at sympathetic receptor sites. They tend to be some of the most effective medicines for prolonged treatment of RVHT.

At low doses, alpha-adrenergic receptor blockers may be used as monotherapy in the treatment of hypertension. At higher doses, they may cause sodium and fluid to accumulate. As a result, concurrent diuretic therapy may be required to maintain the hypotensive effects of the alpha-receptor blockers.

Atenolol and metoprolol, in low doses, selectively block beta1 -adrenergic receptors in the heart and vascular smooth muscle. Pharmacodynamic consequences of beta1 -receptor blockade include decreases in (1) resting and exercise heart rate, (2) cardiac output, and (3) systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Like all selective adrenergic antagonists, they lose their selectivity for the beta1 receptor higher doses and can competitively block beta2 -adrenergic receptors in the bronchial and vascular smooth muscles, potentially causing bronchospasm.

Actions that generally make beta blockers useful in treating hypertension include a negative chronotropic effect that decreases the heart rate at rest and after exercise, a negative inotropic effect that decreases cardiac output, reduction of sympathetic outflow from the central nervous system (CNS), and suppression of renin release from the kidneys. Thus, beta blockers affect blood pressure via multiple mechanisms.

Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)

Selective beta1-adrenergic receptor blocker that decreases automaticity of contractions. During IV administration, carefully monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG.

Atenolol (Tenormin)

Atenolol selectively blocks beta1 receptors, with little or no effect on beta2 types.

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