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COPD exacerbations reduced by beta blockers

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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may have fewer respiratory flare-ups and may survive longer if they take beta-blockers, research has found.

Beta-blockers are often not used to treat patients with COPD because of concerns about the adverse effect on their lungs, but research in the Netherlands found around 7 per cent fewer patients experienced flare-ups after taking the drugs.  

There was a small difference in the number of people with COPD who died while taking beta-blockers, compared to those who did not. The study involved 2,230 COPD patients and was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Click here to read the study.

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