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Blockade of the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system

Steven M. Shaw, John E. Macdonald and Simon G. Williams

in Chronic Heart Failure

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199542338
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191740053 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199542338.003.0005

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Blockade of the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system

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Blockade of the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system is a cornerstone of treatment of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF).

The use of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors in patients with CHF improves quality of life and prognosis across all stages of the disorder.

The angiotensin receptor blockers are effective substitutes for ACE inhibitors.

The combination of ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers is effective in reducing mortality and morbidity in patients with CHF.

Spironolactone an aldosterone antagonist is effective in patients with more advanced heart failure; evidence in less severely symptomatic heart failure is awaited.

Chapter.  2092 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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