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Title: Beta-blockers are under-prescribed in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and co-morbid cardiac disease
Authors: Neef, Pieter;McDonald, Christine F;Burrell, Louise M;Irving, LB;Johnson, DF;Steinfort, DP
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Citation: Internal Medicine Journal 2016; 46(11): 1336-1340
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.
DOI: 10.1111/imj.13240
ORCID: 0000-0003-1863-7539
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: COPD
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Drug Prescriptions
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Heart Failure
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