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The heart and blood vessels are the main cause of death and disease in patients with diabetes. The main heart and blood vessel conditions are high blood pressure (hypertension) and high levels of “bad” cholesterol.


The main blood pressure medication for patients with diabetes is either an “ACE” or an “ARB.”

 
  • If you have diabetes and take medicine for your blood pressure— but are not on an ACE or an ARB ask your doctor why not. ACEs and ARBs have unique heart and kidneys benefits in people with diabetes.
  • But no matter what medicine you take, make sure your blood pressure is controlled to less than 140/90 or lower.
  • In addition, make sure that your doctor tests your potassium and your creatinine levels every year.



The common medicine for controlling cholesterol is known as a “Statin”

 
  • If you have diabetes and are not on a statin, ask your doctor why not.
  • The low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is also known as “bad cholesterol.”
  • Keeping a low level of LDL is crucial to preventing a fatal heart attack.
  • A diabetic should have an LDL level of less than 100.
  • Make sure your doctor checks your LDL level every year.
 

ACE, ARB & STATIN MEDICATIONS

 

ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor) MEDICATIONS
 
Benazepril*
Captopril*

Enalapril*
Fosinopril*
Lisinopril*
Moexipril
Perindopril
Quinapril*
Ramipril
Trandolopril*


ARB (Angiotensin Receptor Blocker) MEDICATIONS
 
Candesartan
Eprosartan

Irbesartan
Losartan*
Olmesartan
Telmisartan
Valsartan


STATIN MEDICATIONS
 
Atorvastatin
Fluvastatin

Lovastatin
Pitavastatin
Pravastatin*
Rosuvastatin
Simvastatin*

*Tier 1 on the Inter Valley Health Plan Formulary

 
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