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The Beta Blocker and Clonidine Protocol

Lesson 4
Lesson 4 - Beta Blockers

24. Support: Teerlink & Massie

Effect of Beta-blockers on Mortality

Am I the first guy to tell you that beta blockers are good for patients with heart disease? No. These are the studies that demonstrate that beta blockers reduce the risk of death in patients with congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a high catecholamine state. Beta blockers reduce the risk of death probably by blocking the effects of those catecholamines. If you can give a beta blocker to a patient with congestive heart failure, you can certainly give one to a perioperative patient.

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