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What Conditions Can Propranolol Sustained-Release Treat?

Angina is a type of heart disease that occurs when the heart muscle is not getting enough nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood for a short period of time. The inadequate blood flow is caused by narrowed coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart). Chest pain is the most common symptom of angina that occurs (see Angina Symptoms).
Propranolol sustained-release is effective at treating symptoms of angina and improving exercise tolerance because it decreases the heart's workload. This, in turn, means that the heart needs less oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to function properly at any given level of effort. However, it's important to keep in mind that propranolol sustained-release does not cure this type of heart disease.
Migraine headaches usually begin between the ages of 5 and 35, and are characterized by severe pain felt on one or both sides of the head. The pain of migraine headaches is often described as an intense pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head.
Propranolol sustained-release is often used to prevent migraines. In clinical studies, the drug has been shown to decrease the occurrence and severity of migraines.
Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
Hypertrophic subaortic stenosis is a condition in which the middle part of the heart that separates the right and left ventricles becomes thickened. This causes less blood to be pumped out when the heart beats. Common symptoms include:
  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Shortness of breath with exercise
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fainting
  • Difficulty breathing while lying down.
Propranolol sustained-release has been shown to improve symptoms associated with hypertrophic subaortic stenosis -- including angina, palpitations, and fainting. It has also been shown to improve exercise tolerance. Propranolol sustained-release does not, however, cure hypertrophic subaortic stenosis.
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