Why you shouldn't start beta-blockers before surgery
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A new meta-analysis finds that initiating beta-blockers before surgery increases patiens' risk of death. Practice changer: Do not routinely initiate beta-blockers in patients undergoing intermediate- or high-risk noncardiac surgery. Beta-blockers appear to increase the 30-day risk of all-cause mortality.
Journal of Family Practice, 63(6) 2014: E15-E16.