Rethink on beta blockers after heart attack

Large study challenges current practice guidelines

The results from a large study of 90,000 heart attack survivors throws into doubt current prescribing practices.

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It found beta blockers offered no additional survival benefit for heart attack survivors who had also been prescribed an ACE inhibitor and a statin.

The work, published in JAMA and co-authored by a Monash University team, challenges the belief that all three drugs are needed to reduce the risk of a second event or death.

In fact, patients who only took the ACE inhibitor (or an angiotensin receptor blocker) and a statin as prescribed were no more