by Pierre S Aoukar, MD and Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD
Posted: February 16
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE) are a first-line class of drugs for treating hypertension in patients with heart disease who are in heart failure. They prevent the conversion of the neurohormone Angiotensin I to Angiotensin II—a potent vasoconstrictor and anti-diuretic (retains salt and water). ACE Inhibitors also slow remodeling of the heart following a heart attack, helping to preserve as much viable heart muscle as possible. ACE Inhibitors, for reasons unknown, however, do not work in a large segment of the African-American population. If you have had a heart attack and are not taking an ACE inhibitor, you need to talk to your doctor or find a new one.
, Introduction to Heart Disease, Excerpt from the book: Everything Good For The Heart: The A to Z Guide, Aoukar PS and Karamanoukian HL. Magalhaes Scientific Press
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