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Ann Pharmacother. 2001 Feb;35(2):242-8.

Combined therapy with an angiotensin II receptor blocker and an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor in heart failure.

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  • 1College of Pharmacy, Idaho State University, Pocatello, USA. dstruckman@bilb2.billings.ihs.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of chronic combination therapy with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) in the management of heart failure.

DATA SOURCES:

Clinical literature was accessed through MEDLINE (January 1966-June 2000). Key search terms included angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; losartan; combined modality therapy; drug effects; heart failure, congestive; and receptors, angiotensin.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Heart failure is widely prevalent and continues to be associated with high morbidity and mortality, even with currently recommended care. At the moderate doses studied for patients with mild heart failure in brief trials, combined ACE inhibitor and ARB therapy was well tolerated and had an additive effect in reducing blood pressure and relieving symptoms of heart failure.

CONCLUSIONS:

An ARB combined with an ACE inhibitor may benefit heart failure patients who are receiving all other recommended therapies. Further trials are needed to evaluate long-term safety effectiveness, quality of life, and survival before the combination can be recommended for routine use.

PMID:
11215846
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