Feb 13, 2020
Taking the beta blocker metoprolol, Lopressor, along with aspirin for 6 weeks can prevent heart instability in association with enduring the loss of loved ones. Australia’s University of Sydney studied 85 individuals within 2 weeks of their losses.
The treatment group received metoprolol 25 mg and aspirin 100 mg daily for 6 weeks. The data showed that they had lower, more stable blood pressures and heart rates, less anxiety, and fewer depressive symptoms. There were no side effects.
Death of family is a known trigger for heart disease. This therapy will hopefully prevent additional tragedy as well as provide comfort to the bereaved.
Geoffrey H. Tofler et al. The effect of metoprolol and aspirin on cardiovascular risk in bereavement: A randomized controlled trial, American Heart Journal (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.ahj.2019.11.003
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