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Calcium channel blocker alternatives
I would like to know if there are some good alternatives to calcium channel blockers.  

Brief background - MI in 1998 followed by stent placement.  Multiple hospitalizations since for angina.  Had three more stents placed (RCA, LAD, circumflex).  Rotoblator procedure done.  Bypass (5 grafts) done 1/09.  Two grafts failed and another stent place in bypassed RCA 7/09.  Was switched from lisinopril to amlodipine. Began Plavix. Was told that I had so many blockages/narrowings that additional surgical intervention would be fruitless.  Had multiple brief blackout spells at 5 mg dosage.  Reduced dosage to 2.5 mg, still having significant issues with light-headedness and angina.  Reluctant to drive.  

I cannot tolerate beta blockers (metoprolol among others) due to similar problems with fainting and falling.  I could tolerate lisinopril OK - still some postural hypotension but I can live with it.  

Since beta blockers seem to be out and amlodopine's side effects are almost intolerable, I'm looking for alternatives.  Perhaps back to ace inhibitors again?  
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63984 tn?1385441539
Has your doctor suggested a pacemaker?  I fought the idea of one for a long time, but finally gave in because of fainting issues.  The pacemaker has allowed the doctor to medicate me without fear of me passing out, it was the best decision I have very made.  The beta blockers are improving my heart health and the pacer allows this to happen.  

Great picture!  
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did you always pass out at the same time of day?
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