PMID: 7634306Dec 1, 1994Paper

Theoretical basis for the use of angiotensin II antagonists in the treatment of heart failure

Cardiologia : bollettino della Società italiana di cardiologia
P I Chang, B Pitt

Abstract

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors have been shown to improve morbidity and mortality in patients with heart failure. However, despite the demonstrated clinical benefits many physicians are reluctant to prescribe ACE-inhibitors to the mostly elderly heart failure patients due to concern for side effects which may be related to ACE-inhibitor-induced bradykinin accumulation. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may provide more effective blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system without causing bradykinin accumulation and thus associated side effects. The potential benefits of treating heart failure patients with an angiotensin II receptor antagonist instead of or in addition to an ACE-inhibitor are discussed.

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