The balancing act of beta-blocker prescribing

Prescribing beta-blockers in elderly people with acute MI reduces their risk of dying but it can also hasten functional decline, research shows.

A three-year study of almost 16,000 nursing home residents found that beta-blockers were associated with a 26% lower rate of death but 14% higher odds of functional decline.

Functional harms were particularly pronounced in people with substantial cognitive or