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Why are angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) prescribed for heart disease?

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They have similar effects on heart disease as other types of drugs called ACE inhibitors, but they work a different way. Doctors prescribe them if you can't take ACE inhibitors. For instance, some people switch to ARBs if they get a cough while taking an ACE inhibitor.

SOURCES:

The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute.

American Association of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute.

American Association of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 11, 2017

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