Should beta-blockers be used in patients with acute decompensated heart failure?DeDea, Larissa PharmD, BCPS, PA-CJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: August 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 8 - p 15–16 doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000432580.67430.08 Pharmacology Consult Abstract Author Information ABSTRACT: In the absence of contraindications, beta-blockers are the standard of care for treating patients with chronic heart failure due to systolic dysfunction. Guidelines recommend that beta-blocker therapy be continued for patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Larissa DeDea is a clinical pharmacist with Northern Arizona Healthcare in Flagstaff. In addition to being board-certified in pharmacotherapy, she is a graduate of the Yale University PA program. © 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.