Primary Cardiac Neoplasms Medication

Updated: Mar 06, 2019
  • Author: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

For patients who present with paraganglioma, hypertension, or arrhythmias, beta-blockade is the medical treatment of choice until surgical intervention can be undertaken.



Class Summary

This category of drugs has the potential to suppress ventricular ectopy due to ischemia or excess catecholamines. In the setting of myocardial ischemia, beta-blockers have anti-arrhythmic properties and reduce myocardial oxygen demand secondary to elevations in heart rate and inotropy.

Metoprolol (Lopressor)

Selective beta1 adrenergic receptor blocker that decreases automaticity of contractions. During IV administration, carefully monitor BP, heart rate, and ECG.

Carvedilol (Coreg)

Nonselective beta-adrenoreceptor blocker with alpha-adrenergic blocking activity of equal potency. No intrinsic sympathomimetic activity has been documented.

Atenolol (Tenormin)

Selectively blocks beta1 receptors with little or no effect on beta2 receptors.