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Beta-blockers after myocardial infarction: Are they useful to all patients? And how long should be the beta-blocker therapy?

Roberto F.E. Pedretti

Abstract

Some observational studies raised questions about the need for β-blockers in all patients after a first heart attack. Surprisingly, in some clinical settings, a limited mortality reduction was found in those who received β-blockade.Some studies suggest that patients without heart failure may not need post-MI β-blockers. The lack of data from randomized controlled clinical trials has led to clinical uncertainty and conflicting recommendations. Therefore, there are multiple information to revaluate the value of β-blocker therapy after a heart attack in absence of heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction and the time for new trials of an old group of drugs has arrived.

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Beta Blockers, Secondary prevention, Myocardial infarction

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Submitted: 2018-05-27 19:38:21
Published: 2018-06-07 14:54:31
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