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What are calcium channel blockers?

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Calcium channel blockers are drugs used to lower blood pressure. They work by slowing the movement of calcium into the cells of the heart and blood vessel walls, which makes it easier for the heart to pump and widens blood vessels. As a result, the heart doesn't have to work as hard, and blood pressure lowers.

SOURCES: American Heart Association. Consumer Reports.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES: American Heart Association. Consumer Reports.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 10, 2017

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