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expert comment on research into the use of beta blockers in non-cardiac surgery, as published in The Lancet

The study reviewed the evidence for the use of beta blockers to lower the risk of having a heart attack following surgery, and concluded that the evidence does not support this practice.

Dr Tim Chico, Clinician Scientist and honorary consultant cardiologist, University of Sheffield, said:

“Sadly, undergoing some types of surgery increases the risk of suffering a heart attack. This study suggests treating all patients undergoing surgery with beta blockers won’t reduce this risk. We must remember that beta blockers are incredibly important for treating other problems, and no one should stop these drugs because of this study. The best way to lower your risk of heart attack (after an operation or not) remains exercise, stopping smoking, controlling your weight, and eating a healthy diet.”

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