Medication to slow the heart rate given when you leave hospital (Introduced Y6)
Beta blockers help reduce the heart rate. A slower heart rate means the heart has to do less work as it needs less blood, oxygen and nutrients.
Beta blockers are medicines that affect the body’s response to certain nerve impulses. This, in turn, decreases the force and rate of the heart’s contractions, which lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart’s demand for oxygen.