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How do angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors work in treating heart disease?

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ACE inhibitors prevent your body from making a hormone called angiotensin II. This hormone makes blood vessels tighten. Because ACE inhibitors lower the amount of this hormone in your body, your blood vessels remain relaxed. Blood flows more easily through the vessels. This lowers your blood pressure. Your heart doesn't have to work so hard to pump blood through your vessels. This can:

  • Help the heart work more efficiently
  • Improve the heart's function if you have heart failure
  • Protect the kidneys, especially in people with diabetes

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News release, FDA.  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."  American Heart Association: "Cardiac Medications At-a-glance;" "Cholesterol-lowering Drugs;" and "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure."  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."  National Library of Medicine.  MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 08, 2018

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA.  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."  American Heart Association: "Cardiac Medications At-a-glance;" "Cholesterol-lowering Drugs;" and "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure."  National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."  National Library of Medicine.  MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information.




Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 08, 2018

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