posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 11:45 PM
reply to post by defcon5
Whatever you see in the article, do not misinterpret it as a reason to stop taking your Beta Blockers!...
Important advice! I for one won't be quitting my metoprolol anytime soon! ...
Beta blocker withdrawal kills.
However, I suspect that a different perspective on the study might just make a great case for personalized medicine. Fact is, drugs do not act the
same in/on every patient - a beta blocker might treat heart failure effectively in one patient but cause
it in another. ....Maybe the
failures are cancelling out the successes, statistically speaking.
Beta blockers did not reduce the risk of heart attacks, deaths from heart attacks, or stroke according to the two recent studies referenced in the OP
article. Earlier studies found that even though beta blockers are "beneficial" in heart
failure, "mortality and morbidity remain high"
But does this mean beta blockers never
work? Or does it mean that beta blockers do not work in the same way for everyone?
Remember - the findings are statistical. Perhaps we should condemn the idea of "blockbusters" with mega-billion dollar marketing potential, not beta
blockers per se
, and recognize that beta blockers do work for a specific (but substantially smaller) subset of patients.
edit on 15/11/12 by soficrow because: tinker