This HND piece examines one of the very few classes of drugs that earned a Nobel prize: Beta-adrenoceptor antagonists—aka beta blockers. As the name implies, the drug resists the actions of norepinephrine and epinephrine, thus preventing the raising of heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels. In addition, beta blockers dilate blood vessels, to improve blood flow Another use—off-label, but widely prescribed—is as a stress-lowering anti-anxiety med, favored by performance artists.
We also delve into the control of cortisol—that other stress hormone.
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