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What are angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs)?

ARBs (angiotensin II receptor antagonists) block stress hormones and relieve stress on the heart's pumping action. They improve symptoms and reduce hospitalizations for patients with heart failure. Examples of ARBs include:
  • candesartan cilexetil (Atacand)
  • eprosartan mesylate (Teveten)
  • irbesartan (Avapro)
  • losartan (Cozaar)
  • olmesartan (Benicar)
  • telmisartan (Micardis)
  • valsartan (Diovan)

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