calcium channel blocker

noun

Definition of calcium channel blocker 

: any of a class of drugs (such as verapamil) that prevent or slow the influx of calcium ions into smooth muscle cells and are used especially to treat some forms of angina pectoris and some cardiac arrhythmias

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Also, other studies have shown that calcium channel blockers may actually prevent pancreatic cancer. David Becker, Philly.com, "Determining the real from the fake health news," 12 June 2018 Beta blockers may reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, and calcium channel blockers can help prevent migraines altogether, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Verapamil is a drug that lowers blood pressure and in a class called calcium channel blockers. NBC News, "Cheap blood pressure drug might slow diabetes," 9 July 2018 Among the 4,338 women who had taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker for high blood pressure, 45 (or about 1%) were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Attention women: Your choice of blood pressure medicine may affect your risk of pancreatic cancer," 18 Apr. 2018

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calcium channel blocker

noun

Medical Definition of calcium channel blocker 

: any of a class of drugs (as verapamil) that prevent or slow the influx of calcium ions into smooth muscle cells especially of the heart and that are used especially to treat some forms of angina pectoris and some cardiac arrhythmias

called also calcium blocker

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