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β Blockers should be used more widely after myocardial infarction

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 29 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:558
  1. Alex Brooks
  1. BMJ

    Many more patients would survive a myocardial infarction if β adrenergic blockers were used more widely, according to American researchers.

    Stephen Gottlieb and colleagues from the University of Maryland reviewed 201752 records of patients who had had a myocardial infarction, 34% of whom were prescribed β blockers (New England Journal of Medicine1998;339:489-97).

    As expected, patients in the study with known contraindications were less likely to be given β blockers–for example, very elderly people or those who have low ventricular ejection …

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