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How do ACE inhibitors help prevent stroke?

ACE inhibitors (benazepril, enalapril) are medications commonly used to prevent ischemic stroke. They inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) from activating the hormone angiotensin. Angiotensin signals the body to constrict blood vessels, thereby raising blood pressure. ACE inhibitors dilate arteries, decrease the resistance to blood flow in vessels, and lower blood pressure.

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