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Percentage of CABG patients receiving atrial fibrillation prophylaxis 2015-07-16T10:12:51-06:00

Beta-blockers are a group of medications that block the stress hormone adrenaline, creating health benefits by blocking the harmful effects of adrenaline and slowing the pulse rate. Surgery can be a time of physical and emotional stress, bringing chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and irregular heart rhythms to crisis levels.

According to the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association practice guidelines for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, administration of beta blockers or other medications preoperatively or in the early postoperative period to CABG patients is the standard therapy to decrease the risk for postoperative atrial fibrillation (a fast, irregular heart rate of the heart’s two upper chambers) and/or to decrease the effects of atrial fibrillation’s occurrence (Circulation. August 31, 2004; 110: 1168-1176).