How does Fosinopril treat hypertension?

Fosinopril is part of a class of drugs known as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. These ACE inhibitors regulate the amount of chemicals in the bloodstream that constrict blood vessels. Fosinopril blocks action of the enzymes in the blood responsible for making angiotensin II, a chemical which causes blood vessels and arteries to tighten up. When this chemical is blocked, the blood vessels are able to relax. This makes it easier for the heart to pump blood through the body, reducing high blood pressure and lifting the strain on the heart.

Continue Learning about ACE Inhibitor

How do ACE inhibitors help prevent stroke?
Natalia S. Rost, MDNatalia S. Rost, MD
ACE inhibitors (benazepril, enalapril) are medications commonly used to prevent ischemic stroke. The...
More Answers
What are side effects of ACE inhibitors?
Dr. Natalia S. Rost, MDDr. Natalia S. Rost, MD
Side effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors include: Persistent dry cough; altere...
More Answers
What effects do ARBs and ACE inhibitors have on the aging process?
Mark C. Houston, MDMark C. Houston, MD
Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are used...
More Answers
How effective are angiotensin receptor blockers for heart failure?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
ARBs are sometimes considered as alternatives to ACE inhibitors for people with heart failure after ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.