Calcium Channel Blockers are the most popular type of drug in the world for treating Hypertension, but researchers say that could change now, at least for African-American patients. Millions of people with high blood pressure are treated with Calcium Channel Blockers, but a five year study at Ohio State Medical Center shows that these drugs may greatly increase the risk of kidney damage in African-American patients. "The take-home message is that Calcium Channel Blockers probably should not be the first line of therapy to control blood pressure in Hypertensive African-Americans with impaired kidney function," says Lee Jerbert of the Ohio State Medical Center.
OSU researchers are recommending instead a switch to Ace Inhibitors, another class of drugs, but only for the patients at risk. If you think that you might be at risk of kidney damage from your high blood pressure treatment, talk to your doctor to see if you may need to switch to another medication.