Angiotension converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotension receptor blockers (ARBs) are medicines used to treat heart attacks, heart failure or a decreased function of the heart. ACE inhibitors are a type of medicine used to treat heart attacks, high blood pressure, and heart failure. It is also frequently prescribed for a condition called left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), which is a decreased function of the left part of your heart.
Why this is important:
ACE inhibitors can help reduce the risk of death from a heart attack if taken within 24 hours of the first symptoms of a heart attack. Continued use may help prevent heart failure. ACE inhibitors work by stopping the production of a hormone that can narrow your blood vessels. This helps reduce the pressure in your heart, lowering your blood pressure.