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Is Viagra Safe for Men With Heart Disease?

Viagra is a famous name for those who suffer from erectile dysfunction. It contains sildenafil as an active ingredient. Online pharmacies offer cheap Viagra free shipping services to people so that they can get hold of the drug in quick time to treat their impotence problem. It is a Phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor. Basically, it increases the concentration of nitric acid which is a smooth muscle relaxant. Smooth muscles are present in the penis as well as in blood vessels. Therefore Viagra can affect both, your sexual performance and your blood pressure.

So the question arises, what if you are suffering from a cardiovascular disease? Should you take the medicine? Well…recent researchers have demonstrated that if performing sex safe for your health, then it is the better option for you, provided you are taking Viagra after consulting your doctor.

What can happen if you take Viagra and you have heart disease?

It is quite probable that, if you have heart disease, you must be consuming an antihypertensive drug like nitrate. Nitrates are commonly prescribed for ischemic heart diseases like angina pectoris. Nitrate acts by lowering the blood pressure. It also has the same effect. So co-administration can result in significant lowering of your blood pressure. The result will be syncope and even worse, cardiac failure! Therefore it is advisable to inform your doctor about the desire for using Viagra before purchasing the drug so that he/she can modify the frequency and dose of antihypertensive drug. It is better to avoid nitrate for the initial 24 hours following consumption of Viagra.

A lot of medicines also have the ability to modify the metabolism of other drugs. Cimetidine and erythromycin are two of such commonly prescribed medicines. If you have taken such drug, your body may not be able to clear Viagra in normal fashion and it may stay in your body for longer time. This can increase the chances of its adverse effects. Hepatic and renal diseases are other conditions which may prolong the effect of Viagra.

Why it is safe to take Viagra?

It is proven that the pill makes an insignificant effect on your blood pressure. It does not affect the contractility of heart either. And these facts are true, irrespective of your age. All you have to take care is you are not taking any other drug concomitantly or you have consulted your doctor before consuming them together.

You may argue by citing past incidences of cardio vascular side effects and deaths following consumption of the medicine. But research studies have proven that cardiovascular side effect of Viagra was similar to any other medicine or even placebo. In fact, almost all the reported deaths following consumption of Viagra were due to performance of sexual act itself and not due to additional effect of it! It does not put additional burden on heart.

Recent meta-analysis published in BMC, have revealed that it is possible that Viagra may in fact have beneficial effect on heart, provided it is not administered with other drugs. The heart patients who may be benefitted more are those with heart failure and cardiac hypertrophy.

The bottom line is you don’t have to be afraid of Viagra even if you are suffering from heart disease. Just make sure you take advice of a doctor if you are taking any treatment for heart condition.

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