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what is the difference between a calcium channel blocker and a beta blocker?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Name says it all: Calcium channel blockers block the channel that allows vascular tone to increase and lowers blood pressure. The beta blockers work on beta recetors on the vessels to lower pressure . The heart has both beta receptors and calcium channels. Therefore betablockers and some calcium channel blockers can slow the heart rate as well.

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Last updated Jul 10, 2017

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