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What's the difference between calcium channel blockers and beta blockers?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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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.

In brief: 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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