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Angina attacks linked to heart rate

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Aggressively lowering the heart rate of patients with stable coronary artery disease reduces the frequency of angina attacks and improves quality of life, according to a study.

Egyptian scientists used beta blockers to reduce patients’ heart rates to between 50 and 60 beats per minute.

They found that lower heart rates roughly halved the occurrence of angina attacks.

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  • Is this news? Beta blockers are 1st line management for reduction of angina symptoms. Angina attack is caused by inbalance of supply and demand of oxygen and is often rate related therefore reduce the demand on the heart by keeping HR lower will reduce the need for oxygen and reduce angina. The key thing is not enough medical and nursing staff check that the Beta blocker is effective on patients

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