Viagra might be used for heart disease patients

Viagra might be used for heart disease patients

Researchers have said that a daily dose of Viagra might become a part of treatment for heart disease after it was found that the medicine helps in improving blood flow.

Viagra is usually used normally for treating erectile dysfunction. Researchers now found that it can help prevent changes to the heart associated with disease. They said that the drug is already available in the market and can be used as a safe option but indicated that more wider trails are still required to determine its effectiveness.

A team of researchers at Sapienza University of Rome studied animal studies involving Viagra and conducted new research using 1,622 people with heart disease. Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor is the main ingredient in Viagra and other drugs commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction as it blocks enzyme PDE5, which prevents relaxation of smooth muscle tissue.

Lead author of the study, Andrea Isidori said, "We found that the main ingredient in Viagra can be used as an effective, safe treatment for several patients with heart disease. Large clinical trials are now urgently needed to build on these encouraging findings."

The results were published in the journal BioMed Central Medicine.

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