n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Extending β-blocker therapy to more at-risk patients : drug trends in cardiology

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1680-0745



According to a recent review, there is a need to extend the appropriate use of β-blockers in patients with all stages of heart failure and to those at risk of developing it. In 1973 Finn Waagstein et al. , convinced that β-blockers could be beneficial in heart failure, administered practolol to a 50-year-old woman with heart failure, which resulted in a dramatic improvement in her clinical status.

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