Acute myocardial infarction: Role of beta blocker therapy
- Robert S Rosenson, MD
Robert S Rosenson, MD
- Section Editor — Lipids
- Professor of Medicine
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Director, Cardiometabolic Disorders
- Mount Sinai Heart
- Guy S Reeder, MD
Guy S Reeder, MD
- Section Editor — Coronary Disease
- Professor of Medicine
- Mayo Medical School
- Harold L Kennedy, MD, MPH
Harold L Kennedy, MD, MPH
- Adjunctive Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases
- University of Missouri School of Medicine
For patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI), beta blocker therapy reduces infarct size and early mortality when started early and lowers the risk of death when continued long term. (See "Overview of the acute management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction" and "Overview of the acute management of non-ST elevation acute coronary syndromes" and "Prevention of cardiovascular disease events in those with established disease or at high risk".)
This topic will discuss the use of beta blockers in patients with acute MI and focus on those without heart failure or reduced left ventricular systolic dysfunction . Other relevant issues regarding beta blockers are discussed elsewhere. (See "Major side effects of beta blockers" and "Use of beta blockers in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction" and "Prophylaxis against ventricular arrhythmias during and after acute myocardial infarction" and "Clinical features and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias during acute myocardial infarction".)
MECHANISM OF ACTION
Potentially beneficial effects of beta blockers in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) include :
●Decreased oxygen demand due to the reductions in heart rate, blood pressure, and contractility, and the consequent relief of ischemic chest pain.
●Decreased risk of ventricular fibrillation as suggested by experimental studies demonstrating an increase in the ventricular fibrillation threshold and by clinical trials showing a relative risk reduction in sudden cardiac death (eg, 30 to 47 percent) [3-5].To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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- MECHANISM OF ACTION
- Evidence from studies of STEMI patients
- INITIAL THERAPY
- LV dysfunction/heart failure
- Fibrinolytic therapy
- Primary PCI
- Choice of drug and route of administration
- Patients with hypertension
- LONG-TERM THERAPY
- Heart rate goal
- Absolute contraindications
- Patients with comorbidities
- - COPD/asthma
- - Diabetes mellitus
- - Peripheral artery disease
- - Patients treated with antiarrhythmic drugs
- RECOMMENDATIONS OF OTHERS
- SOCIETY GUIDELINE LINKS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS