Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors

ACE inhibitors open up arteries to help blood flow freely making it easier for the heart to do its work,by blocking the production of hormones in your body that tighten blood vessels. An ACE inhibitor is often the first medication prescribed for heart failure because ACE inhibitors help to relieve symptoms and have been shown to prolong life. Your dose will be started low and increased as you tolerate it.

Names of medicines in this group:

Captopril (Capoten)
Enalapril (Vasotec)
Ramipril (Altace)
Fosinopril (Monopril)
Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)

Side effects include dizziness, weakness, dry hacky cough. IF Swelling of face, tongue, and/or lips occurs. Stop the medicine right away and call your doctor or nurse if this occurs!