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The wonder pill: Viagra can reduce heart attack risk

Viagra, a pill that helps men enhance their sexual experience, may also cut the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases, claims a recent study.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 20, 2016 08:46 IST
People who use Viagra or similar drugs for erectile dysfunction are far less likely to die from a heart attack, say researchers.
People who use Viagra or similar drugs for erectile dysfunction are far less likely to die from a heart attack, say researchers.(Shutterstock)

Viagra, a pill that helps men enhance their sexual experience, may also cut the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases, claims a recent study.

Lead scientist Andrew Trafford told the Daily Express that the findings are “incredibly exciting.

The University of Manchester researchers studied 6,000 diabetic patients in Cheshire who had been given Viagra, which works by increasing blood flow, to boost a flagging sex life.

Despite diabetics being prone to heart problems, the study participants did not suffer as many incidents as similar patients not on the drug.

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Trafford said that the 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.

He added that they have recently established that patients who receive Viagra or similar drugs for erectile dysfunction are also far less likely to die from a heart attack.

The study will be published in the journal BMJ Heart.

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