Beta-blockers are highly useful and relatively inexpensive medications. They remain among the most commonly used treatments for high blood pressure, although other types of medication have become more popular in recent years. Popularity of these newer medications rests almost entirely on their lower frequency of side effects: they have not been shown to treat the condition any more effectively. In fact, beta-blockers remain one of the two types of medication that have actually been shown to extend the life of people with high blood pressure.
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