Good News for Viagra Users - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/02

Good News for Viagra Users

If you've wanted to try Viagra, but are hesitant because of some safety concerns, you'll be glad to hear about a new study from the Mayo Clinic. About 30 million American men have impotence problems, which often co-exist with heart disease. Since Viagra was approved, there have been reports of adverse effects like heart attack, rapid heart rhythm, and low blood pressure, which have raised some eyebrows about the safety of Viagra when used among heart disease patients.

The Mayo Clinic studied men with heart disease, whose average age was 66, and they gave the men either Viagra or a sugar pill before taking a stress test an hour later. The results showed that Viagra had no major effect on the patients' symptoms, or how long they were able to exercise. 

The study involved 105 men with stable heart disease who were not allowed to take nitrates, which are drugs used to treat angina, or chest pain. Earlier studies have shown that nitrates can cause a serious drop in blood pressure and blood flow to the heart when combined with Viagra.

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