Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beta blockers and mortality after a heart attack

Beta blockers after an acute myocardial infarction appear to reduce 30 day mortality. Discontinuation of beta blockers at one year in patients without heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction appears safe. BMJ. 2016 Sep 20;354:i4801

Comment: In patients without heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction, the early use of beta blockers appears to decrease mortality, but prolonged use after 1 year appears unlikely to improve long-term survival.

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