Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors can lower your blood pressure. Your risk of some serious diseases goes down when your blood pressure goes down. These include heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. It may even help prevent type 2 diabetes and dementia.
Keeping your blood pressure down is important. The risk of serious disease begins to rise around 115/75 mm Hg. After that, the risk doubles for each 20 mm Hg rise in the top number and each 10 mm Hg rise in the bottom number. In fact, people with BP of 155/95 are 4 times as likely to have serious organ damage.
On average, ACE inhibitors lower the top blood pressure number by about 8 mm Hg. They lower the bottom blood pressure number by about 5 mm Hg.
Lowering your blood pressure can help prevent damage to your blood vessels, heart, brain, and kidneys. It can prevent serious disease.
In fact, studies show that lowering your blood pressure with an ACE inhibitor can lower your risk of:
- Coronary heart disease by 13%
- Heart failure by 21%
- A stroke by 20%
ACE inhibitors -- lower the pressure to prevent serious disease!