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What are effects of calcium channel blockers (CCBs) on heart disease?

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Calcium channel blockers (also called calcium antagonists) can have these effects:

  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce chest pain (angina)
  • Help lower heart rate

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News release, FDA.  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."  American Heart Association: "Cardiac Medications At-a-glance;" "Cholesterol-lowering Drugs;" and "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure."  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."  National Library of Medicine.  MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 08, 2018

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News release, FDA.  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."  American Heart Association: "Cardiac Medications At-a-glance;" "Cholesterol-lowering Drugs;" and "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure."  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."  National Library of Medicine.  MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 08, 2018

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