What Is Atenolol Used For?

Improving Survival Following a Heart Attack
A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) is a life-threatening event in which the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart is blocked for a long enough period of time that a portion of the heart muscle dies.
 
When people are given atenolol after a heart attack, the risk of dying decreases by about 15 percent. It is not known how atenolol or other beta blockers improve survival following a heart attack.
 

Is Atenolol Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend atenolol for treating something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses for atenolol include:
 
 

Using Atenolol in Children

Atenolol has not been approved for use in children, although it may be used off-label to treat several conditions. For example, atenolol may be used in children with Marfan syndrome to slow the progression of aortic dilation (widening of the aorta).
 
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