Calcium channel blockers or CCB's are used to treat angina in those who cannot tolerate a beta-blocker medication or who fail to respond to a beta-blocker and nitrate combination. CCB's are also used to treat someone with Prinzmetal angina.
Calcium channel blockers used in the treatment of angina:
Continue to Angina Nitrates
- Abrams J. Clinical practice. Chronic stable angina. N Engl J Med. 2005 Jun 16;352(24):2524-33. 
- Brown TL, Merrill J, Hill P, Bengel FM. Relationship of coronary calcium and myocardial perfusion in individuals with chest pain. Assessed by integrated rubidium-82 PET-CT. Nuklearmedizin. 2008;47(6):255-260. 
- O'Toole L. Angina (stable). Clin Evid. 2005 Jun;(13):62-9. 
- Parker JO. Angina pectoris: a review of current and emerging therapies. Am J Manag Care. 2004 Oct;10(11 Suppl):S332-8. 
- Scheidt S. Treatment of stable angina: medical and invasive therapy--implications for the elderly. Am J Geriatr Cardiol. 2005 Jul-Aug;14(4):183-92.