Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors lower blood pressure by blocking the effects a hormone called angiotensin II in your body. This allows your blood vessels to relax and widen.
Angiotensin II in your blood stream makes your blood vessels become narrower. It becomes harder for your blood to flow through the narrow space. It also makes it harder for your heart to pump blood. This causes your blood pressure to go up. It also puts stress on your blood vessels and organs, like your brain and heart.
Angiotensin II also triggers a hormone that makes your body hold more water. More fluid in your body with less space to flow can cause your blood pressure to go up.
ACE inhibitors lower blood pressure by blocking the effects of angiotensin II. ACE inhibitors allow your blood vessels to relax and widen. This makes your blood flow more easily. ACE inhibitors also lower the amount of salt and water your body retains.
Less Pressure, More Health!