Angiotensin converting enzyme
(ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers
are medicines used to treat heart attacks, heart failure, or decreased functioning
of the heart.
Why this is important:
ACE inhibitors are frequently prescribed
for a condition called left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), which is a decreased
functioning of the left part of your heart. ACE inhibitors can also help reduce the risk
of death from a heart attack if taken within 24 hours of the first symptoms of a
heart attack. Continued use may help prevent heart failure. ACE inhibitors work
by stopping the production of a hormone that can narrow your blood vessels. This
helps reduce the pressure in your heart, lowering your blood pressure.
The chart above shows the percentage of heart failure patients that were given an ACE or ARB inhibitor within 24 hours of the first symptoms of a