Most people with heart disease can take an angiontensin receptor blocker (ARB). Lowering blood pressure can help prevent damage to the heart and blood vessels. Studies show that ARBs may prevent or improve heart failure.
In one study, 33 out of 100 people taking the ARB candesartan were admitted to the hospital for heart failure or died from heart disease. This is compared to 40 out of 100 people taking a placebo. So, an ARB helped prevent a bad outcome in at least 7 people out of 100!
The American Heart Association recommends an ARB for people with chest pain and blocked arteries who also have high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, or chronic kidney disease. ARBs are also recommended for some people after a heart attack.
If you take an ARB and have heart failure, there are some things your doctor may need to keep an eye on. Taking ARBs for heart failure can cause very low blood pressure, worse kidney function, and high levels of potassium. You will need regular check-ups to make sure you don’t develop any of these problems.
ARBs can play a part in taking care of your heart!