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What are ACE inhibitor drugs for heart failure management?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are recommended for all people with systolic heart failure. These drugs help people to live longer and avoid hospital stays. They also may benefit people with diastolic heart failure, especially those with high blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and improve the pumping ability of the heart. They decrease heart failure symptoms and improve exercise capacity.

Many ACE inhibitors are available in the US. These include benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril, lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and trandolapril (Mavik). Several other products combine an ACE inhibitor with a drug from another class, such as a diuretic.

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