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Researchers: Viagra could be tested as heart disease treatment

viagra Researchers: Viagra could be tested as heart disease treatmentThe world’s top selling erectile dysfunction drug Viagra could become a new treatment for heart disease, which could increase the number of users as well as expose more people to potentially dangerous side effects.

When Viagra was in development 25 years ago, it was not intended to be a treatment for erectile dysfunction. It was being studied as a cardiovascular drug. Unfortunately, several adverse events were reported during clinical trials including the unique side effect of an erection after use.

Disappointed with the cardiovascular results Viagra produced, researchers didn’t give up. Instead, they decided to test the drug as a treatment for sexual dysfunction. Pfizer senior researcher Chris Wayman determined, after numerous test tube studies of penile tissue, that Viagra helped penile blood vessels relax in the same way needed to achieve an erection. The results made history. In 1999, Viagra became the first treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Viagra carries a warning that it should not be used by men with heart disease due to numerous reports of adverse events, including sudden death, in people with heart conditions who used the drug. However, a new study suggests that Viagra is only a problem if it is used with other heart drugs, such as nitro compounds. Viagra on top of other heart meds could cause a sudden drop in blood pressure during sex, which can be deadly for someone with an existing heart condition.

Researchers say that Viagra should be reconsidered as a heart medication but warned that studies should be conducted to determine risks with long-term use.

Viagra side effects include vision changes, hearing loss and irregular heat beat. Recent studies have linked use of Viagra to an increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. It is believed that Viagra affects the same genetic mechanism that enables skin cancer to be more aggressive.

Source: Voxxi News