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A 40-year-old male asked:

Is general anaesthesia safe on beta blockers as on propranolol 80mg as heart rate only 50bmp help bit worried..

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Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr.
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
Caution: Anesthesia is the safest of medical practices today. Propranolol, a 'beta blocker' slows the heart rate. It is important for you to be evaluated by your primary care doctor and the anesthesia doctor prior to surgery. A heart rate of 50 is very low and will require a thorough evaluation. Once you are 'cleared' for surgery an anesthesia doctor can best manage your medical problems during surgery.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Beta blockers: Lots of general anesthetic procedures are done in pts. On beta blockers but decisions need to be individualized to the patient. Discuss with your doctor and the anesthesia professional doing your procedure.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: A large number of patients are on beta blockers, and this does not adversely impact their anesthetic. As always please make sure your anesthesiologist knows what medications you are taking.

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