Beta blockers are overused in heart patients, study finds
LOS ANGELES — A new study questions the long-standing practice of prescribing beta blocker pills to patients with heart disease.
Analyzing an international registry of 44,708 patients with heart disease or at risk of developing it, a team of researchers compared patients who took the drugs with those who did not and found no difference in their rates of heart attack, stroke or death related to cardiovascular problems.
“This confirms my intrinsic suspicion,” said Dr. P.K. Shah, director of cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, who was not involved in the study.
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