Features September 2017 Issue

Calcium Channel Blockers Provide Multiple Heart-Health Benefits

Calcium Channel Blockers Provide Multiple Heart-Health Benefits

All CCBs can help lower your blood pressure, but two types of these commonly used medications can also slow your heart rate.

Of the many types of medications available to fight high blood pressure, calcium channel blockers (CCBs) have emerged in recent years as an increasingly popular first-line drug to treat ­hypertension. These versatile medications are generally well-tolerated by most patients, and they provide more benefits than controlling your blood pressure, explains Michael Militello, PharmD, a cardiology pharmacotherapy specialist at Cleveland Clinic.

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