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Beta blockers are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events after surgery

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5349
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A large Danish study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, has found that treatment with beta blockers was associated with a statistically significant increase in the rate of major adverse cardiovascular events and death within 30 days of non-cardiac surgery.1

The use of beta blockers during non-cardiac surgery is currently being re-evaluated because of concerns over the validity of some previous studies. Guidelines in the United States and Europe recommend continuing …

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