EVERYTHING I KNEW ABOUT BETA BLOCKADE IS WRONG!

Now come 2 (retrospective) articles. One suggests that acute beta blockade is safe in the setting of cocaine-induced chest pain. The other suggests that beta blockers (especially beta1 selective) REDUCE mortality in chronic (not perioperative) patients with COPD. The authors of the latter suggest that this may be due to protection against undiagnosed CAD and/or CHF.

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