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How do calcium channel blockers treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)?

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These work in a few ways. Some let blood flow more easily through the arteries in your lungs, and others help your heart and lungs work better. You can take them as pills, medicines that you breathe in, or drugs you get through an IV.

Calcium channel blockers are drugs that lower your blood pressure by relaxing the muscles that control the arteries. Before your doctor prescribes these pills, she’ll see how well they work on your blood vessels during a procedure called a vasodilator test. If it seems that they can help you, you’ll take your first doses in the hospital so your care team can figure out a safe dose.

SOURCES:

Galiè, N.  , 2013. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Medscape: “The Classification of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension,” “Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment & Management.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: “Conventional Medical Therapies,” “Epoprostenol,” “Treatments.”

Heart : “Atrial septostomy for pulmonary arterial hypertension.”

Pulmonary Circulation : “Lung transplantation for pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Galiè, N.  , 2013. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Medscape: “The Classification of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension,” “Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment & Management.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: “Conventional Medical Therapies,” “Epoprostenol,” “Treatments.”

Heart : “Atrial septostomy for pulmonary arterial hypertension.”

Pulmonary Circulation : “Lung transplantation for pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 02, 2019

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