Study: Beta blockers ineffective or harmful in half of patients

09/28/2005 | Bloomberg

A study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association concludes widely prescribed beta blockers may actually be of little or no use to half the patients receiving them, and in some cases may be harmful. The drugs are given to more than 1.7 million hospitalized heart attack patients in the U.S. every year, but researchers who followed 735 patients during a three-year study found genetic variations are key to survival rates.

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