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Treatment with β-blockers may reduce exacerbations and mortality in patients with COPD
  1. L Castle
  1. Correspondence to L Castle, Specialist Registrar, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Churchill Hospital, Oxford OX3 7LJ, UK; liannecastle{at}doctors.org.uk

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Cardiovascular disease is a significant burden in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Shortness of breath and fatigue may be misinterpreted as symptoms of COPD, leaving cardiovascular disease unrecognised. Beta-blockers improve survival in ischaemic heart disease and heart failure. Many physicians avoid prescribing β-blockers in COPD because of concerns regarding bronchoconstriction and …

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