Taking Carvedilol CR for Hypertension and After a Heart Attack

Carvedilol CR Uses for High Blood Pressure

A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers (for example, 120/80). The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90 with multiple blood pressure readings.
Based on clinical studies, carvedilol CR can significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures. The higher the dose of carvedilol CR, the greater the drop in blood pressure is expected to be. By lowering blood pressure, carvedilol CR can also decrease the risks that often occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). Carvedilol CR does not, however, cure high blood pressure.

Use of Carvedilol CR Following a Heart Attack

A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) is a life-threatening event in which the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart is blocked for a long enough period of time that heart muscle dies. One of the complications of a heart attack is congestive heart failure. A heart attack can also damage the left side of the heart and cause it to pump blood less efficiently. This is called left ventricular dysfunction. Symptoms are not always present with left ventricular dysfunction, and the condition will oftentimes lead to heart failure.
For people who develop heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction following a heart attack, taking carvedilol (the short-acting version of the medication) on a daily basis decreases the chance of death by 23 percent. Carvedilol helps reduce the strain on the heart and decreases the risk of another heart attack by 40 percent. Similar benefits are expected for carvedilol CR.
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