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Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)


  • Helps your heart muscle to heal after a heart attack
  • Can prevent further damage to an already weakened heart
  • Can help to control high blood pressure
  • Protects your kidneys if you are living with diabetes or kidney disease
  • Protects your arteries from getting damaged
  • Lowers the chance that you will have a heart attack or stroke


  • ​​​Prescribed for patients with high blood pressure or heart failure
  • ​​​Expands (opens up) blood vessels to lower blood pressure and increase the amount of blood the heart pumps

Potential Side Effects

  • Nausea (upset stomach)
  • Low blood pressure (often noticed from dizziness)
  • Headaches

Common Names

  • Candesartan (Atacand®)
  • Eprosartan (Teveten®)
  • Irbesartan (Avapro®)
  • Losartan (Cozaar®)
  • Olmesartan (Benicar®)
  • Telmisartan (Micardis®)
  • Valsartan (Diovan®)


Angiotensin II receptor blockers are often presented as a different option from taking ACE inhibitors.

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