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When should captopril be used?

Captopril is an example of an angiotensin-converting inhibitor (ACEi).  This is a medication that has been shown in the early 1990s to be useful in patients with systolic heart failure.  Systolic heart failure refers to patients with low ejection fractions, or patient's that have abnormally low pumping action, as measured by echocardiogram.  Patients that receive captopril and medications similar to captopril, enjoy decreases in mortality, increases in quality of life, and decreases in hospital admission for acute decompensated heart failure.

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