Quality and Safety
St. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Heart Attack Patients Given A Beta Blocker at Discharge
Beta blockers are a type of medicine used to lower blood pressure, treat chest pain (angina) and heart failure, and help prevent a heart attack. Beta blockers relieve the stress on your heart by slowing the heart rate and reducing the force with which your heart muscles contract to pump blood. They also help keep blood vessels from constricting in your heart, brain, and body. If you have a heart attack, you should get a prescription for a beta blocker before you leave the hospital.