• Adam Schneeweiss
  • Gotthard Schettler
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 72)


Atenolol is a beta-adrenoreceptor blocker with relative selectivity for beta-1 receptors. It is devoid of local anesthetic activity and intrinsic sympathomimetic activity, and its lipid solubility is very low. Like other beta-adrenoreceptor blockers, atenolol is effective in treatment of angina pectoris, systemic hypertension, and cardiac arrhythmias. It reduces ischemic pain in patients with acute myocardial infarction. The cardioselectivity of atenolol disappears at high concentrations. Therefore, although it may be safer than nonselective beta-blockers in patients with pulmonary obstructive diseases or peripheral vascular disease, this safety is only relative.


Acute Myocardial Infarction Angina Pectoris Plasma Renin Activity Systemic Arterial Pressure Elderly Hypertensive Patient 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishing, Boston 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Schneeweiss
    • 1
  • Gotthard Schettler
    • 2
  1. 1.Geriatric Cardiology Research FoundationTel-AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of HeidelbergGermany

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