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ß-blockers denied in error in COPD

Many patients with COPD may be 'inappropriately denied' ß-blockers, a new study concludes.

A quarter of patients with COPD and heart failure not on ß-blockers had only mild obstruction or no documented pulmonary function test, and so could have received the drugs.

Study author Dr Francis Dunn, consultant in cardiology at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, said: 'Only a minority with heart failure and COPD have severe airflow obstruction. Many of the remainder have ß-blockers inappropriately withheld.'The study was presented at this week's American Cardiology Congress in New Orleans.

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