Beta blockers prevent cardiac death following a myocardial infarction: so why are so many infarct survivors discharged without beta blockers?

Am J Cardiol. 1996 Oct 1;78(7):821-2. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(96)00428-6.


Too often, infarct survivors are discharged from physician's care and/or hospital stay without beta-blocker therapy. This reflects concerns by physicians regarding precipitation of adverse effects. Ironically, many of the infarct survivors not receiving beta blockers could actually derive the greatest benefits from this treatment.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / therapeutic use*
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Infarction / drug therapy*
  • Myocardial Infarction / mortality
  • Survival Rate


  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists