The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) said that doctors should not prescribe beta blockers to combat high blood pressure.
Government medicine watchdog's said that drugs that are currently prescribed are to be replaced with more effective drugs. According to the recent study it was found that beta-blockers though control blood pressure other treatments work better and have less serious side effects.
Other treatments should be given patients aged 55 and above especially those who belong to the African or Caribbean descent. Other treatments include prescribing calcium channel blocker or a thiazide-type diuretic initially and later prescribe beta blockers. And for those below 55 years are to be given an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker. High blood pressure or hypertension affects approximately six million people in UK. Statistics shows that hypertension results in about 125,000 strokes and heart attacks every year.