Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for Heart Failure
Why It Is Used
ACE inhibitors may be used for people with symptoms of heart failure and for people without symptoms.
People who should not take ACE inhibitors include:
- People who have had previous adverse reactions to ACE inhibitors.
- People with high Reference potassium levels Opens New Window in the blood that cannot be controlled. These drugs may further increase potassium levels in the blood.
- People with very low blood pressure, especially if their low blood pressure causes dizziness or weakness when they stand up. ACE inhibitors lower blood pressure.
- People with certain kidney problems. ACE inhibitors can make kidney function worse in people who have the kind of kidney disease caused by narrowed blood vessels (renovascular disease).
- Pregnant women.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Margaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy