According to medicinenet.com, Ace inhibitors are medications that slow (inhibit) the activity of the enzyme ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme), which decreases the production of angiotensin II. As a result, the blood vessels constrict, and blood pressure is reduced. This lower blood pressure makes it easier for the heart to pump blood and can improve the function of a failing heart.
In addition, the progression of kidney disease due to high blood pressure or diabetes is slowed. Here is a list of some of them and next to it is the brand name.
Lisinopril Czestril, primivil)
Angiotensin II is a strong chemical that causes the muscles that surround the blood vessels to contract. This action causes the vessels to narrow which increases blood pressure - hypertension.
ACE inhibitors are used for blood pressure control, are used to treat heart failure, are used to prevent strokes, and to prevent kidney damage in people with hypertension or diabetes, They are also used on people who had a heart attack.
Side effects include:
The allergic reaction like sneezing, respiratory congestion, itching or skin rash
Tachycardia which means fast heart rate and it is abnormal - over 100 beats per minute
swelling of the face
mouth, hands or feet
Loss of taste especially with captopril
Jaundice which is rare but, it is serious
The side effects listed above are only a few. Make sure you do some research when talking this medication because you may experience other side effects.
Please make sure you take your medications as prescribed and learn how to check your pulse and blood pressure because if they are too low, they can drop to dangerous levels.
You need to notify your physician immediately if you experience any side effects when taking ACE inhibitors.
Your Doctor may stop your medication and prescribe a new one. Also make sure you receive complete information from your Doctor or your pharmacist and read all the medication interactions, precautions, and side effects.
Heart attacks are the number one killer in America, millions of others are recovering from one, and millions are at risk. For this reason, lots and lots of people are taking heart medications. If you are taking them, you are not alone.
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