Men who take Viagra, a drug to treat impotence, are less likely to suffer from a heart attack or die from heart failure, new research suggests.
Experts from the University of Manchester studied 6,000 diabetic patients who had been prescribed Viagra to treat impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction.
Although it is common for diabetics to have heart problems, the participants did not suffer as many incidents as similar patients not taking Viagra.
Viagra works by helping to relax the blood vessels in your penis.
Viagra belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i) and experts believe this is the key ingredient which helps prevent damage to heart cells.
Professor Andrew Trafford said: ‘Heart failure is a devastating condition which means your heart is not pumping blood around your body as well as it used to.
It can really impact a person’s quality of life and currently the outlook for patients with heart failure is grim – worse than that of some cancers.
The team is now assessing whether the same drug can also prevent abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) which are responsible for killing up to half of heart failure patients.
Previous research published in the journal BMC Medicine showed how Viagra (also known as sidenfil citrate) could help to prevent the heart increasing in size and changing shape in patients with a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy.
Our studies have shown that drugs normally used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra, actually have a very pronounced effect in slowing the progression of heart failure as well as reducing the likelihood of fatal arrhythmias.
We have recently established that patients who receive Viagra or similar drugs for erectile dysfunction are also far less likely to then go on and die from a heart attack.’
Viagra was originally developed to treat heart conditions, but during original trails it was found to be more effective at treating erectile dysfunction.
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In 1998, Viagra was the first and only oral pill to be approved by the FDA to treat impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction.
Scientists have been trying for many years to develop new ways to get a drug like Viagra into the blood stream without going via the stomach to reduce the risk of side effects.
But a team at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, along with scientists at Cairo University have made a breakthrough and developed the first stick on patch to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), containing the same active ingredient in Viagra – Sildenafil Citrate.
The patch can take effect within minutes and still be effective beyond 10 hours, compared to Viagra which takes 30-60 minutes to take effect and is only effective for up to 4 hours.
Men will no longer suffer from the side effects which are caused by ingesting the little blue pill such as indigestion, migraines and headaches.
The new skin plaster, which can be worn on the upper arm or abdomen, has been tested on rats and the results were promising.
There are currently no indications as to when (or if) it will be approved for use in the UK.
If it does get approved, it will only be available as a Prescription Only Medication (POM) like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.
So, until the patch actually becomes available, if you, or someone you love, have been diagnosed with ED, then perhaps prescription medication (such as Cialis, Levitra, or Viagra) would be an appropriate treatment.
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Psoriasis causes raised, flaky, red patches on the skin.
The patches can appear anywhere on your body, but are typically on the elbow, scalp, knees and lower back.
Scientist have now revealed that men with psoriasis have a higher chance of suffering from erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is a condition where the penis does not harden and expand when a man is sexually excited.
Experts studied the sexual function in 191 men with psoriasis and 191 men who do not have the skin condition.
The results showed that 53% of men with psoriasis suffered from erectile dysfunction, compared to only 40% of those without psoriasis.
It is known that men with psoriasis are often obese or have other cardiovascular risk factors that may restrict blood flow in the body including the penis – which causes erectile dysfunction.
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A recent study by Lund University in Sweden has found that the most common cause (in 4 out of every 5 cases), is a poor lack of circulation in the penis resulting in an impaired erection, and in some cases no erection at all!
What causes the poor circulation?
Rasmus Borgquist (the physician that led the studies) has discovered that if these vessels have been affected by atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) then it is likely that the same process could be underway in the coronary artery in the heart.
Is it a reason to worry?
Honestly? Maybe – The study also found that men suffering from ED also had increased instances of high blood pressure, high blood fat and several other risk factors for heart disease.
The main point from this study has shown that seeking
medical advice as soon as you notice a problem, can ultimately save you from further health complications and may well save your life!
It has been noticed since the early 1980’s that there could be a connection between heart disease and impotence/ED, but this link has only recently started to be investigated and studied in more depth.
Several changes can be made straight away to help your ED and in turn reduce the risk of heart disease.
These are the usual changes in your lifestyle (i.e. quit smoking, more exercise, diet change) and if these things do not help, then there are several different medications you can take which can help with any contributing factors you may have such as to lower your blood
Stop Smoking and Lose Weight – It Helps!
The results of the study also showed that by stopping smoking and losing weight 3 out of every 5 had increased potency and significantly reduced chances of contracting heart disease.
What will make YOU change?
It has been proven that it is often easier for those suffering from ED to accept that they need to make a change if they know it will increase their potency, rather than talk about the risk of having a heart attack later in life.
There is help available
Companies are now bringing many new drugs to market to combat ED, that also help to combat other issues like heart disease. There is lots of help available any time.
A problem shared
Naturally, people feel that it is an awkward subject to talk about with their partner or GP, but often, once this subject has been discussed it becomes a much easier subject to tackle.
If you or anyone you know struggles with ED and/or heart disease, then don’t suffer in silence. Leave a reply to this post, or visit our facebook page/Twitter and our community will be happy to lend an ear and provide friendly advice.