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Beta Blocker Vs Calcium Channel Blocker For Hypertension
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
If you have tachycardia and hypertension together, do you need a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?
Maybe: The type reason for the tachycardia needs to be understood before suppressing it with either medication. Furthermore, some underlying conditions can lead to both problems and may need addressing specifically (e.g. pheochromocytoma, or other foods or medications). A thorough review of your records and discussion with a cardiologist can better answer your question. ...Read more
Which calcium channel blocker is most effective for severe raynauds, digital ischemia and exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension? I take 7.5 mg amlodipine but now wondering if diltiazem was better.
Unsure. But: You can always try and see which one works best for you, with the support of you doc. There are many issues that vary the results among different calcium blockers including different absorption and metabolism from a patient to another. We usually use amlodipine but you can tell better if Diltiazem feels more effective for you. Would discuss with my doc regarding a possible switch trial. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
How they work.: Calcium channel blockers (ccb) affect calcium channels in the heart muscle cells. Beta blockers (bb) affect beta receptors in the conduction pathways of the heart. Each act to decrease heart rate and can also decrease blood pressure. Sometimes with ccb, the heart experiences an increase in heart rate when blood pressure decreases. There are different brands and kinds of both medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I am taking a calcium channel blocker for raynaud's and a beta blocker for migraines, does that defeat the purpose of taking the calcium channel blocker?
Can strike a balance: When a person has two or more medical conditions needing treatment, his doctors will try to strike a balance with the medications, to improve each condition as much as possible without worsening the other condition(s). In regards to migrainers, medications such as triptans and ergot alkaloids can lead to raynaud's symptoms, so maybe using beta blockers is less problematic in a particular patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the drug of choice for controlling pacs and afib? Calcium channel blocker or beta blocker?
Is cilindipine 5 mg a calcium channel blocker or beta blocker.
Does it have any effect on lowering heart rate?
I'm on warfarin and flecainide. Why should flecainide should always be used in conjunction with a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?
if i take calcium channel blocker and beta blocker (one at night, one in morn) is the overall effect more? my heart rate feels very low through day
What type of CCB: Kimberlie, calcium channel blockers (CCB) come in 2 basic "flavors". The dihydropyridine mostly effect blood vessels to lower blood pressure. The non-dihyropyridine work at the heart to reduce heart rate and force of muscle contraction by the heart. Beta Blockers (BB) also have some with affect blood vessels more (Beta 2) and some which affect heart more (Beta 1). Best to talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Why is it necessary that white patients should be started with an ACE inhibitor or beta blocker while blacks with calcium channel blocker/diuretics?
I have osteoporosis and high blood pressure, and take a calcium channel blocker with an arb. Besides exercise, will taking calcium pills help?
Calcium with vita D: Osteoporosis needs to be treated up prevent fractures. You need up start calcium with vitamin d 500/200 2-3x/ day plus a medicine called Fosamax or one in its class to adequately treat osteoporosis . A DEXA scan should be done after a year of treatment initiation. Increase in physical activity will help bone remodeling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Calcium blocker: Calcium channel blockers are often used for the management of hypertension in pregnancy. Beta blockers are classified as pregnancy category c, meaning that they have not been systematically studied. Although both classes of medications are used in pregnancy, calcium channel blockers are likely to be safer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which one is better to lower ocular pressure in open angle glaucoma. 5 mg amlodipine (calcium channel blocker) or 5 mg bystoilc ( beta blocker).?
Can taking beta blocker or calcium channel blocker for blood pressure helps also in lowering eye pressure. My eye pressure was 21 left & 19 right eye?
Depends on the type: There are 3 types of calcium channel blocker and they have their own unique side effects .The dihydropyridine group such as amlodipine causes shock like picture with very rapid heart beats while the other groups verapamil and Diltiazem cause very slow heart beat and low blood pressure. ...Read more
Not recommended: It is not usual practice to be on duplicate medications within the same class. ...Read more
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