Results from a computer simulation indicate that increased use of beta-blockers after a first myocardial infarction (MI) would lead to impressive gains in health and would be potentially cost saving.
Kathryn Phillips and colleagues from the Institute of Health Policies Studies at the University of California used a computer simulation Markov model of coronary heart disease in the US population. In a study published in 6 December
Clinicians know that beta-blockers can save lives and spare more heart attacks but this practice is not yet widely adopted. This study re-emphasizes the lost opportunity that results from the under-use of medications that are both effective and cost- effective.