In this large retrospective cohort of vascular surgery patients, initiation of beta blocker > a week before surgery was associated with significantly better outcomes (30 day cardiac events and long term mortality) than if initiated < a week before surgery. For patient eligible for a peri-operative beta blocker, it should be initiated at least a week before surgery for optimal outcomes (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.