VIAGRA'S GOOD FOR THE HEART.Byline: By John von Radowitz
ANTI-IMPOTENCE drug Viagra can also help your heart, it was claimed yesterday.
Scientists found it reduced the harmful effect of stress on the heart after carrying out tests on 35 men and women.
The volunteers were given injections of an amphetamine-like chemical, dobutamine, which mimics the effect of physical stress.
The drug increases the force of heartbeats and boosts the flow of blood through the body.
The researchers found Viagra - or sildenafil citrate Sildenafil Citrate Definition
Sildenafil citrate (Viagra) is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, in men. - slowed the increase in the strength of heart contractions by half, from 150 per cent to about 75 per cent.
Study leader Professor David Kass, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is a highly regarded medical school and biomedical research institute in the United States. , in Baltimore, Maryland, said: "It effectively puts a 'brake' on chemical stimulation of the heart.
"Knowing more about the effects of sildenafil sildenafil /sil·den·a·fil/ (sil-den´ah-fil?) a phosphodiesterase inhibitor that relaxes the smooth muscle of the penis, facilitating blood flow to the corpus cavernosum; used as the citrate salt to treat erectile dysfunction. on heart function will allow for safer evaluation of its use as a treatment for heart problems."
Earlier research by the same team showed Viagra can reverse the effects of weakened and enlarged heart muscle in mice.
The new study, published in the journal Circulation, provides the first evidence that Viagra can have a beneficial impact on human hearts