Perioperative beta-blockers in noncardiac surgery: The evidence continues to evolve.
Cleve Clin J Med. 2014 Aug;81(8):501-512
Authors: Mushtaq M, Cohn SL
The effectiveness and safety of giving beta-blockers to patients undergoing noncardiac surgery remain controversial. The use of these drugs in this clinical scenario increased after the publication of two positive trials in the late 1990s and was encouraged by national organizations and clinical guidelines. However, when several subsequent studies failed to show a benefit, recommendations became more limited and use decreased. This paper reviews recent evidence for and against the perioperative use of beta-blockers.
PMID: 25085989 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]