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For how long do I need to take medication for BP?

hello.i had a heart attack 5yrs ago.i am 50 yrs old now.i have been taking ramipril and cardicor even though i have never had problems with my blood pressure before during or after the attack.how much longer will i have to keep taking these pills.regards craig.
Thu, 18 May 2017
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Hello.
welcome to HCM.
After a heart attack, the muscles of the corresponding area of the heart get damaged. The body activated is compensatory processes to make up for this damage. But it ends up remodelling the heart structure leading to enlargement and dilatation of the heart. Drugs like ramipril and cardiocor inhibit this remodelling of the heart and hence are prescribed in your case and not for high blood pressure. Additionally drugs of cardiocor group slow down the heart rate. This increases the filling of the heart during relaxing phase thereby increasing the amount of blood pumped by the heart in the contracting phase.
So these medicines are started for benefit of the heart and not blood pressure. You have to continue taking them for long term duration. At some point your doctor may keep you on only one of these drugs. at least one of them will continue for life long.
Wishing you good health.
Regards
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