Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors for High Blood Pressure
Why It Is Used
These medicines are used alone for Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window or they are used with other medicines such as a diuretic.
- ACE inhibitors are a good choice for people who have had a Reference heart attack Opens New Window, because the medicine helps reduce the workload on the heart.
- ACE inhibitors are a good choice for people who have Reference diabetes Opens New Window, because this medicine does not affect blood sugar levels and may help protect the kidneys. If you have diabetes, you may take these medicines if you do not have high blood pressure but have small amounts of protein in your urine (microalbuminuria), an early sign of kidney damage.
- ACE inhibitors may be a good choice for people who have Reference asthma Opens New Window or disorders of the electrical system of the heart that would be made worse by other blood pressure medicines such as Reference beta-blockers Opens New Window.
- ACE inhibitors may also help to prevent stroke.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology