Beta-Blockers

Natural Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

…heartbeat and fatigue) may benefit from electric shock to the heart to restore normal rhythm (cardioversion), and drugs such as digoxin or beta-blockers can be used to slow the heart rate down. However, massive drug intervention is rarely warranted, and, as is the case with most pharmaceuticals,…

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The Causes of Chronic Cough

…chronic dry cough in one in four patients who take them—and it’s severe enough that a good percentage of them discontinue the drug. Beta-blockers, also used to treat cardiovascular issues, are problematic as well, though to a much lesser degree. If you’re taking either of these…

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Migraines: An Ounce of Prevention…

…of Neurology updated their migraine prevention guidelines. As expected, their recommendations include prescription drugs such as seizure meds, beta-blockers, and NSAIDs. But they also highlighted a handful of natural therapies for reducing the severity and frequency of attacks—all of which I…

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The Healing Power of Pepper

I love black pepper. In restaurants I routinely unscrew the lids of pepper shakers to get more on my food. And chances are good I’m not alone since black pepper is the most popular seasoning in the world. Known as the “king of spices,” pepper comes from Piper nigrum, a flowering…

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How NOT to Prevent a Stroke

One of the major risk factors for a stroke is carotid artery stenosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Treatment options for carotid artery stenosis include drugs and lifestyle changes to target atherosclerosis. Two invasive procedures are…

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