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what is a difference between calcium channel blocker and clot buster?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Apples vs. oranges: They are both cardiac medicines. They are however used for totally different reasons. Calcium blockers are most commonly used to treat high blood pressure. They may also be used to treat chest pain or to slow the heart. Clot busters are used to dissolve a clot in the arteries that supply blood to the heart itself and therefore to limit the amount of heart damaged by removing the blockage.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Different function: Calcium channel blocker causes blood vessels to relax and dilate, while clot buster prevents blood clots from forming in the blood vessels or causes clots to dissolve.

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