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ACE inhibitor, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor(noun)
an antihypertensive drug that blocks the formation of angiotensin II in the kidney, leading to relaxation of the arteries; promotes the excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of the angiotensin converting enzyme; also used to treat congestive heart failure
any one of a class of drugs, including captopril and enalpapril, that cause the arteries to widen by preventing the synthesis on angiotensin: used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure
Origin: Circa 20th century: from Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme inhibitor.
An ACE inhibitor is a medication pharmaceutical drug used primarily for the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure. This group of drugs causes dilation of blood vessels which results in lower blood pressure. In treating heart disease ACE inhibitors are usually used with other medications. A typical treatment plan will often include an ACE inhibitor, beta blocker, a long acting nitrate and a calcium channel blocker in combinations that are adjusted to the individual patient's needs. ACE inhibitors inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme, thereby decreasing the tension of blood vessels and blood volume, thus lowering blood pressure. Frequently prescribed ACE inhibitors include perindopril, captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, and ramipril.
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