|Type||Journal Article (Original Research)|
|Journal||Internal Medicine Journal|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Download||Neef_et_al-2016-Internal_Medicine_Journal.pdf (97.5 KB)|
|Abstract||The use of beta-blockers in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and co-morbid cardiovascular disease is controversial, despite increasing evidence to support their use as safe and efficacious. This study retrospectively assessed the rates of beta-blocker prescription in patients admitted to two Australian tertiary hospitals for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This revealed that less than half of patients (45%) with known cardiac indications were receiving beta-blocker therapy, evident across all degrees of airways disease severity. Further work is needed to ensure that medical management of this patient group is optimised|
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