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Perioperative ?-blockade: atenolol is associated with reduced mortality when compared to metoprolol.
Anesthesiology. 2011 Apr;114(4):824-36
Authors: Wallace AW, Au S, Cason BA
The Atenolol study of 1996 provided evidence that perioperative ?-blockade reduced postsurgical mortality. In 1998, the indications for perioperative ?-blockade were codified as the Perioperative Cardiac Risk Reduction protocol and implemented at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The current study tested the following hypothesis: Is there a difference in mortality rates between patients receiving perioperative atenolol and metoprolol?
PMID: 21372680 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]