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Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina and Calcium Channel Blockers

Written by ColleenO.

Calcium channel blockers are prescribed to prevent anginal attacks and lessen the possibility of heart attacks.

Common calcium channel blockers include:

  • Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
  • Verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan)
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac)
  • Amlodipine (Norvasc)
  • Felodipine (Plendil)
  • Isradipine (DynaCirc)
  • Nisoldipine (Sular)

Effect of Calcium Channel Blockers on Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina

Calcium channel blockers affect the movement of calcium into the cells of the heart and blood vessels. As a result, blood vessels open wider (dilate). The supply of blood and oxygen to the heart is increased, while the heart's workload is decreased.

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Possible side effects of calcium channel blockers include:

  • Constipation
  • Swollen legs
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness (fatigue)
  • Headache
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness

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Posted 13 years ago

Calcium Channel Blockers: Uses, Common CCBs, Side Effects

Calcium channel blockers are used to reduce blood pressure. They do so by disrupting the calcium conduction of calcium channels. Hence they are employed in Hypertensive emergencies when there is an urgent need to reduce the blood pressure in order to prevent or limit target organ damage.

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