Are beta blockers now obsolete?

It is very rare for new evidence to question or even negate the utility of a well-established class of drugs. But after four decades as a standard therapy for heart disease and high blood pressure, it looks like this fate will befall beta blockers. Two major studies published within about a week of each other suggest that the drugs do not work for these conditions. This is a big surprise, with big implications.

Read Josh Bloom’s full piece. It’s a fascinating story. The “two major studies” are here and here. Readers who know this area of medicine, what do you think?


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