Beta-blockers just before bypass may not benefit heart patients

06/17/2014 | HealthDay News

An analysis of data on 506,000 patients found that the use of beta-blockers the day before a heart bypass surgery did not improve outcomes and was linked to a slightly increased risk for atrial fibrillation. Researchers found no difference in the rate of mortality from surgery, or the rates of stroke, kidney failure or surgical-site infection between those who took beta-blockers and those who did not. The findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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