How Does Lisinopril Work?

Many people may wonder, "How does lisinopril work?" Lisinopril is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions involving the heart and blood vessels, such as congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. It can also help improve survival rates following a heart attack.
Lisinopril is part of a group of medications called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. The medication helps block this enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, it causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
By helping blood vessels relax, lisinopril 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.
(For more information on how the medication works, click What Is Lisinopril Used For?. This article provides a complete overview of lisinopril, including information on its uses and whether it is safe for use in children.)
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