For patients who have had recent heart attacks, lisinopril may help prevent further heart attacks.
Doctors often prescribe lisinopril for blood pressure in patients who have experienced a life-threatening cardiac event. One of the benefits of taking this medication is that it can, when used correctly, lower a patient’s blood pressure and decrease the amount of work the heart has to do to pump blood around the body. However, it does not cure the underlying problem that caused the high blood pressure in the first place, so the beneficial effects cease when the patient stops taking the drug. Side effects are also common and can be severe at first, although they usually disappear as the patient adjusts to taking the drug.
Lisinopril does not cure the underlying causes of hypertension.
For patients who have recently had a heart attack, the use of lisinopril may help prevent another life-threatening cardiac event from occurring. The drug prevents blood vessels from constricting, making it easier for blood to flow through the body. As a result, each heartbeat is more effective. This chain of events substantially reduces a patient’s chances of suffering a second heart attack, which can be deadly.
Patients taking Lisinopril should continue to monitor their blood pressure regularly.
One of the disadvantages of taking lisinopril for blood pressure is that it does not treat the cause of the patient’s hypertension. This medication can only lower the patient’s blood pressure in the patient’s bloodstream and needs to be taken daily to continue to protect the patient. Missing a dose can cause blood pressure to rise again, so patients need to be careful to take the medication exactly as prescribed.
Blood pressure is the force exerted on the walls of blood vessels as blood circulates through the body.
Taking lisinopril can cause a number of side effects. Many patients experience nausea, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, rapid weight gain, and severe fatigue. In most cases, these side effects will lessen in severity as the patient adjusts to the drug’s presence.
Lisinopril can interact with other common medications, and patients should be careful not to take any of these medications during treatment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin, which are commonly given for pain, can make lisinopril less effective. Patients who are taking lithium may need to switch to another medication. People taking this medication should also carefully monitor the amount of sodium they consume while being treated with it.