β blockers improve bypass surgery survival ratesBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7346.1118 (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1118
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
Patients who take β blockers before coronary artery bypass surgery can increase their odds of surviving, a new study says.
The study found that 2.8% of patients who took β blockers before surgery died within a month, compared with 3.4% of patients who did not take the drugs (odds ratio 0.80 (95% confidence interval 0.78 to 0.82)).
Patients on β blockers also spent less time on mechanical ventilation after surgery and were less likely to require a follow up operation or to have kidney failure. …