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How does Cartia XT (diltiazem) treat angina?

Angina is a chest pain that occurs when the heart does not receive enough oxygenated blood. One of the chief causes of angina is coronary artery disease, a condition that develops when fatty substances build up inside the arteries. Narrowed or hardened arteries are less pliable and less efficient, forcing the heart to work harder and limiting the amount of blood the reaches the heart. Cartia XT works by relaxing the muscles of the heart and blood vessels, causing the vessels to dilate and increasing blood flow. The heart can pump blood more efficiently, and consequently the entire cardiovascular system receives an adequate amount of oxygenated blood.

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