Calcium Channel Blockers Linked to Heart Attacks in Type Two Diabetics

YOU NEED TO CHANGE THIS MEDICINE IF YOUR ARE ON IT.  Among the most common classes of drugs prescribed for hypertension are the calcium-channel blockers -- which dialate blood vessels to reduce blood pressure -- and ACE inhibitors, which basically limit the pressure exerted by the heart on the circulatory system. Heart attacks appear to occur in nearly TEN-FOLD in hypertensive diabetics who take calcium channel blocker drugs to control their blood pressure.

The New England Journal of Medicine (1998;338:645-652, 679-680)

COMMENT: The MAJOR news here, is that as far as I am aware this is the first study that showed the long acting calcium channel blockers are also dangerous. The concern was initially that it was only the short acting ones and the long acting ones were not a problem. Well, that was just the drug companies trying to squeeze some more profits out of selling these drugs for a bit longer. It is really scandalous that imminent cardiologists at major universities who were on the drug company payrolls came to this drugs defense. They were just trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Don't you find it surprising that the editorial encourages physicians "to wait until the results of other, large-scale, comparative clinical trials of antihypertensive medications in diabetic patients are available to alter their practices of prescribing these clearly dangerous medications"? Well, I really don't think that is prudent. If you, or anyone you care for, is on a calcium channel blocker you need to switch to one that will not increase your risk of death from a heart attack by 1,000%.

NOTE: The names of these medications include: Procardia and Adalat (nifedipine), Calan, Isoptin, Verelan, Tarka and Covera (verapamil), Cardizem, Tiazac and Dilacor (diltiazem), Norvasc and Lotrel (almodipine), Plendil (felodipine), Cardene (nicardipine), Dynacirc (dihydropyridine), Sular (nisoldipine), Posicor (mibefradil). You should NOT stop them without consulting your physician. These medications do work and are clearly preventing strokes in many patients. If you stop them without replacing them with another option you may suffer a stroke, so please be careful. ACE inhibitors are far better choices for most people and the second generation agents appear to be even better. I find that well over 80% and perhaps as high as 90% of people can stop all their high blood pressure medications if they just stopped their sugar and grain carbohydrates and replaced those with vegetables.

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