A calcium blocker, also known as a calcium channel blocker or CCB, is the term for a chemical which can prevent calcium from moving through calcium channels. Such a calcium blocker can be employed to lower the blood pressure of persons with high blood pressure, which also is known as hypertension. A CCB also can be used to adjust a person’s heart rate.
Infants born with aortic insufficiency may need a calcium blocker as a treatment for the congenital heart defect. Such an aortic insufficiency may be the result of a defective antidepressant drug taken by the child’s mother while pregnant.
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