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To the Editor: In their review of perioperative β-blockade
for noncardiac surgery, Drs Auerbach and Goldman1
may have created some confusion about the potential for complications of withdrawal
of β-blockade. They summarize an article by Shammash et al2
as follows: "A recent prospective observational study noted that patients
who were not receiving β-blockers long-term but who discontinued perioperative
use immediately after surgery had an increased risk for postoperative myocardial
Silverstein JH, Tagliente TM. When Should Perioperative β-Blockers Be Discontinued?. JAMA. 2002;287(23):3079–3080. doi:10.1001/jama.287.23.3077
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