Effect of Beta-Blockers on Mortality after Myocardial Infarction in Adults with COPD
Published Online: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Jennifer Quint, clinical lecturer in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Liam Smeeth, professor of clinical epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, discuss their BMJ study of UK COPD patients who have experienced a first myocardial infarction and the impact of beta-blocker therapy on mortality.
Even though smoking can exacerbate respiratory conditions and limit the efficacy of their treatment, patients often purchase cigarettes while filling prescriptions for asthma or antihypertensive drugs at pharmacies.
The disease burden of smoking remains immense despite widespread tobacco cessation efforts.
Medication omission at discharge is the most common type of medication discrepancy.
Coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on relaxation techniques can improve their quality of life and even ease their symptoms.