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Can Diovan make my heart rate drop?

Diovan (valsartan) does not directly cause a drop in heart rate, but it might have that effect indirectly in a small percentage of people who take it.

Diovan is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, and to prolong life after a heart attack. It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), which relax and dilate blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. A small percentage of people who take Diovan develop hyperkalemia, or high levels of potassium in the blood. Hyperkalemia can cause a potentially life-threatening drop in heart rate. Your doctor may monitor your blood potassium levels closely when you are taking Diovan.

Sometimes Diovan is prescribed with another type of blood pressure and heart failure medicine called a beta blocker. This kind of drug reduces blood pressure by lowering heart rate and lessening blood volume. However, the combination should not reduce heart rate more than the beta blocker alone.

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