Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers

Angiotensin Converting Enzymes Inhibitors (ACEi) and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB) are the drugs of choice in managing hypertensive conditions in patients with co-morbidities such as Diabetes or Chronic Kidney Disease. They are especially helpful in patients with concomitant kidney diseases because they decrease the pressure exerted on the kidney by the blood, thus decreasing stress on the kidney, while also decreasing blood pressure. Like all medications, there are side effects and the most common for ACEis are cough, ARBs usually do not produce this. These drugs should not be given to pregnant patients; they can cause oligohydramnios, renal dysplasia, intrauterine growth retardation and many more complications.In addition to their use in blood pressure reduction these medications have also been shown to reduce mortality in patients who have experienced a myocardial infarction and those with chronic heart failure.


The Cardiovascular Institute, founded by Uri M. Ben-Zur, M.D., F.A.C.C, is located in the heart of San Fernando Valley near Calabasas andWest Hills. Our new state of the art facility is dedicated to giving nearby residents complete and thorough cardiovascular care. Dr. Ben-Zur is one of the premier pacemaker and electrophysiology specialists in the greater Los Angeles area.  Our practice staffs multiple ultrasoundspecialists and offers in office stress testing daily. Open six days a week with same day appointments makes it easy for our patients to quickly get the care they need in a timely fashion.
Dr. Ben-Zur’s medical foundations were developed under the guidance of experts in electrophysiology and angioplasty. During this time he also developed a passion for interventional cardiology. He completed multiple fellowships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. After moving to Los Angeles, Dr. Ben-Zur established an affiliation with the Providence Tarzana Medical Center to facilitate procedures including stent placements, pacemaker implantations,radiofrequency ablations and more. To learn more about these procedures and about our practice we encourage you explore our website!

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