Beta-blockers are under-prescribed in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and co-morbid cardiac disease.

AuthorsNeef, PA
McDonald, CF
Burrell, LM
Irving, LB
Johnson, DF
Steinfort, DP
TypeJournal Article (Original Research)
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
PubMed ID27813357
Year of Publication2017
URLhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27813357
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.13240
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AbstractThe 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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