ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. These medications are most commonly used for high blood pressure in adults.
ACE inhibitors cause dilation of the arterial system, not always associated with a lowering of the blood pressure. This vasodilation helps the heart function in many patients by decreasing how hard the ventricle has to squeeze to eject blood.
ACE inhibitors are now the second most common class used in congestive heart failure in children.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center staff provide information about three ACE inhibitor drugs: