Drugs that treat heart failure are also prescribed for anxiety? What’s up with that?
Beta blockers are a class of medications prescribed but how does a drug that treats heart failure also help with anxiety? the beta in “beta blockers” refers to part of the sympathetic nervous system that when activated, it prepares your body for but sometimes the sympathetic nervous system high blood pressure, tremors, or abnormal heart rhythms. and during a panic attack,
The sympathetic nervous system basically maxes out. the responses are so similar that when they adrenaline and a similar molecule called norepinephrine the receptors are large proteins that straddle this signal and respond accordingly — like heart and skeletal muscle. /outside/ the cell, and cause major changes /inside/. this shift bumps off a smaller protein that now
Free, this smaller protein activates enzymes, events that spreads throughout the cell, eventually the drugs have similar structures to adrenaline but the beta blockers don’t fit snugly enough so they just sit there for a few hours or in the meantime, signals from adrenaline and by slowing the sympathetic nervous system, like high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat,
That’s also why some people use beta blockers as performance enhancers. beta blockers can come with risks and side effects, though. they’re particularly dangerous for people with asthma or certain heart issues. but when they’re used properly, they can thanks for asking, and thanks especially to if you’d like to submit questions to be and don’t forget to go to
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Why Can the Same Drug Treat Heart Attacks and Anxiety? By SciShow