What is Diltiazem?
Diltiazem is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure and angina.
Angina is characterized by intense pain in the chest, back, and shoulders caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. More than 3 million Americans experience angina each year. While not life-threatening on its own accord, angina often portends a heart attack or stroke and is a sign that your body needs cardiovascular care.
High blood pressure is an equally serious, though far more common, condition in which blood flows too forcefully through vessels, placing you at greater risk of heart attack or stroke. Nearly half of all Americans suffer from elevated blood pressure, a condition often termed the “silent killer,” as it presents relatively few physical symptoms.
Like many blood pressure drugs, diltiazem is most effective when taken alongside changes to your lifestyle - such as improving your diet, increasing your exercise, and quitting smoking.