Altace is a drug that is licensed to treat several conditions, including high blood pressure, heart failure after a heart attack, and problems caused by cardiovascular issues. Belonging to a class of medications known as ACE inhibitors, the medication causes blood vessels to relax, which lowers blood pressure. Altace has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular death in high-risk patients over age 55.
What Is Altace?Altace® (ramipril) is a medication that is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. It is mainly used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
This medication is licensed to treat a number of conditions. These Altace uses include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Reducing the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and death from cardiovascular (heart or blood vessel) causes
- Treating congestive heart failure after a heart attack.
Altace is not a cure for high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, or heart disease. This drug has not been approved for use in children.
How Does the Medication Work?Altace is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors; ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, Altace causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
As a result, Altace also increases the efficiency of the heart. This means that the heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.