American Heart Association Comment: Results Of Cardiac Insufficiency Bisoprolol Study II (CIBIS-II)

People with mild to moderate heart failure who were treated with beta-blockers were more likely to survive than individuals who did not receive the drugs, according to a study, CIBIS-II, published in the Jan. 2 issue of Lancet.

Harlan Krumholz, M.D., an American Heart Association spokesperson, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study, says, "The CIBIS-II trial is an important turning point. Small studies have been accumulating suggesting the value of beta-blockers for patients with heart failure, but this trial provides the first real convincing evidence that patients with mild or moderate heart failure live longer and have less need for hospitalization when treated with beta blockers. Disseminating information about this trial will provide an important public service. We need to get this information to physicians and patients."

In the beta-blocker group there were 34 percent fewer deaths from all causes, and 44 percent fewer sudden deaths. Hospital admissions were 20 percent less among those who received the beta-blocker.

The results of the study suggest that physicians should be using beta-blockers to treat stable patients (someone whose condition is not worsening) with mild to moderate heart failure, first with low doses that should be gradually increased, says Krumholz, associate professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine.

"The drugs are inexpensive and the benefits are substantial. The message is that we should be looking for opportunities to use these drugs rather than avoid them." Beta-blockers have not been routine drugs for heart failure due to their "depressive" effects on the heart. However, new information about the mechanism of heart failure has led scientists to re-consider the drugs because they may help block the action of some hormones that are released when the heart is damaged.

"These are the same hormones that are released during the 'fight or flight' response and may cause more damage to a weakened h

Contact: Carole Bullock
American Heart Association

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Consumers with disabilities empowered by American Disabilities Act
2. Definition of persistent vegetative state available from American Academy of Neurology
3. African-American women with endometrial cancer have more aggressive cancer than Caucasian women
4. New colorectal cancer screening recommendations for African Americans
5. American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for March 2005 (second issue)
6. Community care tops medical care at preventing heart disease in black Americans
7. Researchers say breast cancer in Africa may provide clues to the disease in African-Americans
8. Obesity among African-American stroke survivors increases risk factors for recurrent stroke
9. Awards & fellowships at the International & American Association for Dental Research General Session
10. American Academy of Neurology presents 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach
11. News tips from the 2005, 54th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology

Post Your Comments:

(Date:4/1/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Velocidy Bio ’s Dutch biotech partner, Molecular Biology Systems ... the testing time for SARS-CoV-2 to eight minutes, compared to current systems that take ... could perform a hundred and eighty (180) amplification runs a day, an almost ten-fold ...
(Date:3/28/2020)... ... March 27, 2020 , ... ... Suntuity Group of companies, is mobilizing their drone equipment and training personnel to ... leveraging their DJI Enterprise level Matrice and Agras drones, Suntuity AirWorks is mobilizing ...
(Date:3/28/2020)... ... March 28, 2020 , ... iPatientCare, ... practice management, and patient engagement solutions has expanded the availability of telehealth services ... time of crisis, telemedicine has a big role in fighting coronavirus . ...
(Date:3/27/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2020 , ... During a time of global distress and ... processing, is donating to the UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund in an ... , UNITE HERE represents 300,000 working people in the food service ...
(Date:3/22/2020)... ... March 22, 2020 , ... ... mindfulness may appear to be a frivolous luxury. The world’s focus is on ... to find some sense of stability and control in chaos. However, it’s during ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2020)... , ... March 27, 2020 , ... ... Isagenix International has named Gary Gallant as its permanent CIO. In this ... company’s technology vision, ensuring Isagenix can provide a smooth shopping experience for customers ...
(Date:3/27/2020)... ... March 27, 2020 , ... A new survey ... students' holistic portfolios, revealed that college-bound young adults are reconsidering their higher education ... new barriers to high school senior’s path to college and possibly dashing those ...
(Date:3/22/2020)... ... March 21, 2020 , ... ... Temple University Hospital (TUH), its Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, and the ... using HGE Health’s COVID Care symptom tracking platform and triage/care coordination services. Temple ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: