Propranolol treatment of effort angina in patients with arterial hypotension

E. M. Idrisova, A. A. Boschenko, N. V. Borovkova, A. V. Demochko, V. I. Chernov, R. S. Karpov

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Aim. To compare antianginal efficacy and tolerability of propranolol therapy in patients with stable angina pectoris and chronic hypotension (Hpts) and normotensive patients with angina of effort (Npts). Material and methods. A randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study was made in 35 Hpts and 33 Npts was made using bicycle exercise tests, echocardiography, stress myocardial scintigraphy with Tl-199, Results. Acute bicycle exercise tests showed high anti-ischemic activity of propranolol in 86% Hpts and 65% Npts. Stable antianginal propranolol effect in 57% Hpts was accompanied with a decrease of myocardial perfusion defect. Secondary resistance or pseudotolerance to an antianginal effect of propranolol was observed in 43% Hpts in 4-12 weeks (vs 0 of Npts; p < 0,01) as evidenced by Tl-199 stress myocardial scintigraphy. Hpts with secondary resistance and pseudotolerance to propranolol had lower control hypotension and bradicardia (p < 0,05), more anginal attacks (p < 0,001). Conclusion. Hpts had rapidly developing secondary resistance and pseudotolerance to propranolol antianginal effect, bad tolerability of the drug.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalTerapevticheskii Arkhiv
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Chronic hypotension
  • Propranolol
  • Stable angina pectoris
  • Stress myocardial scintigraphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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