most patients benefit from treatment with a beta-blocker after a heart attack

Two recent studies suggest that most patients benefit from treatment with a beta-blocker after a heart attack...but many do not receive one at the time of hospital discharge.

It's well-known that giving a beta-blocker after a heart attack improves survival and prevents a second heart attack.

But physicians are often reluctant to give beta-blockers to elderly patients...or those with relative contraindications such as COPD, congestive heart failure, or diabetes.

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