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Title: Which patients undergoing noncardiac surgery benefit from perioperative beta-blockers?
Author: Haynes, Jamie; Kelsberg, Gary; Jamieson, Barbara
Keywords: cardiovascular risk
myocardial ischemia
vascular surgery
Date: 2008-02
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 57(2) 2008: 121-123.
Abstract: Patients with moderate to high cardiac risk (a Revised Cardiac Risk Index [RCRI] score of 2 or higher [Table]) have a reduced risk of in-hospital death following perioperative beta-blocker therapy (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, based on a large retrospective cohort study). There is, however, no proven benefit to perioperative beta-blocker therapy without prior cardiac risk stratification (SOR: A, based on systematic reviews).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3844

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