Harvard Heart Letter

Blood pressure drugs with bonus benefits

Two commonly prescribed classes of blood pressure–lowering drugs, ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs), are the first-line choices for people with both diabetes and high blood pressure. They also help lower the risk of heart failure and slow the progression of kidney disease. Their side effects are mostly comparable, although people taking ACE inhibitors are somewhat more likely to develop a dry cough. For them, switching to an ARB may help. 
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