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Perioperative beta blocker review 2014

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Muzammil Mushtaq, Steven L Cohn
The effectiveness and safety of giving beta-blockers to patients undergoing noncardiac surgery remain controversial. The use of these drugs in this clinical scenario increased after the publication of two positive trials in the late 1990s and was encouraged by national organizations and clinical guidelines. However, when several subsequent studies failed to show a benefit, recommendations became more limited and use decreased. This paper reviews recent evidence for and against the perioperative use of beta-blockers...
August 2014: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
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