Most people with heart disease can take an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Lowering blood pressure can help prevent damage to the heart and blood vessels. Studies show that ACE inhibitors may prevent or improve heart failure.
In one study, 33 out of 100 people with heart failure given the ACE inhibitor enalapril 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 ACE inhibitor helped prevent a bad outcome in at least 7 people out of 100. This is why experts recommend an ACE inhibitor for some people with heart failure.
The American Heart Association recommends an ACE inhibitor for people with chest pain and blocked arteries who also have high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, or chronic kidney disease. ACE inhibitors are also recommended for some people after a heart attack.
If you take an ACE inhibitor and have heart failure, there are some things your doctor may need to keep an eye on. Taking ACE inhibitors 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.
ACE inhibitors can play a part in taking care of your heart!