Quality and Safety
St. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Surgery Patients Whose Doctors Ordered Treatments to Prevent Blood Clots After Certain Types of Surgeries
It is often standard procedure to stop patients' usual medications for awhile before and after their surgery. But if patients who have been taking beta blockers suddenly stop taking them, they can have heart problems such as a fast heart beat. For these patients, staying on beta blockers before and after surgery makes it less likely that they will have heart problems.