3. THE ROLE OF METOPROLOL SUCCINATE IN THE TREATMENT OF HYPERTENSION: A MINI REVIEW
The main risk factor for cardiovascular disease is hypertension. Approximately a third of people with hypertension are actually undiagnosed and about half of those diagnosed are not taking antihypertensive drugs. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that high blood pressure causes the death of at least nine million people worldwide, directly or indirectly. The β- adrenergic blocking agent Metoprolol has long been used to treat patients with hypertension.