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Ace Inhibitors Vs
How long do hypertension medications (diuretics vs ACE inhibitors vs Ca channel blockers vs etc.) take to achieve full effect?
Hours to weeks: The oral medications for treating high blood pressure start to work as soon as they are absorbed and the full effect of a single dose occurs within hours. Most blood pressure drugs sustain the reduction in BP for 24 hours so they can be taken once daily. When starting medication or changing dose there may be some further blood pressure reduction over the next several weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Amer heart assoc recommends both. If you have diabetes, an ace inhibitor is a good choice since it may protect against diabetic kidney disease. You & your doctor should discuss alternative treatments for htn. If you have certain kinds of heart disease, then a beta blocker or diuretic may be a better choice. Thats why it's best to discuss treatment with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the best anti-hypertensive drugs to be given for a patient with hyperlipidemia (beta-blocker vs ACE inhibitor)?
Depends on co-morbid: Depends on other co-morbidities. That is, if hypertensive patient is also diabetic, then ACE inhibitor. If patient is hypertensive and has a history of coronary disease, then ACE inhib and beta-blocker given their secondary benefits, etc. Each patient is unique and the whole pic needs to be considered. ...Read more
Heart and kidney: Ace inhibitors are blood pressure medications used for blood pressure treatment. They also have effects independent of the blood pressure effect on the heart, particularly for people with heart failure, and on the kidneys, particulaly for people who have diabetic-induced kidney disease with protein in the urine. ...Read more
No: There is a common misconception that calm people don't have hypertension and treating antihypertensives will calm people. Overall that is not the case. There may be one exception.Beta blockers block adrenaline which can make one feel calmer. Acei other antihypertensives usually do not result in people feeling calmer. ...Read more
Ace vs arb: They are drugs which block functions at different points in the same pathway. Ace blocks an enzyme and arb blocks a receptor, their effects are similar. It's something like either cutting a wire to a spark plug or damaging the plug itself. Either way you don't get a spark. ...Read more
Block aldosterone: The primary mechanism of action of a ace inhibitors is to interrupt the renin angiotensin system. One of the results is reduced aldosterone synthesis. Aldosterone is an important hormone responsible for regulating potassium excretion by the kidney. Thus blocking aldosterone reduces the capacity of the kidney to excrete potassium. ...Read more
ACE: ACE inhibitors are BP treatment but otherwise don't treat CVA specifically ...Read more
You can: You can, in fact they make combination pills that contain both. ...Read more
Why are ACE inhibitors particularly prescribed for persons with left ventricular contractile dysfunction?
No Difference: Ace and arb both are used to treat hypertension by similar mechanisms. They decrease blood flow to part of the kidney that causes an overall decrease in total blood pressure. The only difference is that with an ace you can develop a persistent dry cough. Once this occurs, you have an allergy to the ace. The arb treats the BP without the cough. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not in 400 letters!: This is too big of a question and cannot be answered in such a short format. You could ask something more specific so that we can help you. ...Read more
If it is not uncommon for ACE inhibitors to produce an annoying cough, why not prescribe arbs from the get go? Are they generally less effective?
Possibly: In susceptible individuals, ace inhibitors can cause angioedema. This typically involves the lips or the face, but can affect any part of the skin and internal organs such as the intestines. It would be unusual for acei to cause angioedema of only the intestines, however. A thorough evaluation by an allergist can help you sort this out. ...Read more
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