Calcium Channel Blockers Increase Heart Failure Risk


Seriously.  First we see a meta analysis several years back of 95,000 patients on beta blockers that had increased risk of diabetes and stroke and no lowered risk of death.  Now, in a review of almost 157,000 patients (that’s a big review, by the way) we see another large class of drugs used to treat HTN that actually increase the risk of heart failure18% higher risk), especially in diabetics (a substantial 71% increased risk)??  These are the times that I think I read TOO much medical literature.  The reality is, with drugs, it is a race to see whether side effects kill you before the disease you’re trying to prevent does.

The bottom line?  Lifestyle is the ONLY answer.  So many times I hear patients tell me that their blood pressure is “controlled.”  This is a false sense of security because the “numbers” look better.  Rarely is their risk truly reduced without making the right lifestyle choices.

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.