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Should beta-blockers be used in patients with acute decompensated heart failure?

DeDea, Larissa PharmD, BCPS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: August 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 8 - p 15–16
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000432580.67430.08
Pharmacology Consult

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.
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