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Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Might Improve Heart Health

By jeremyc | March 16, 2017

According to a new study, male heart attack patients taking medication for erectile dysfunction medication might have lower risk of hospitalization because of heart failure compared with male heart attack patients who don’t take erectile dysfunction drugs.

Erectile dysfunction (ED for short) is typically defined as inability to achieve or sustain an erection that’s firm or long enough for sex. It is a fairly common health problem in men and can be caused by physical as well as psychological conditions. It is estimated that about 10 percent of American males aged between 40 and 70 years have erectile dysfunction.

The incidence rate of ED increases with age. While the prevalence rate of ED in men who are about 40 years of age is 22 percent, the incidence rate in 70 year old men is close to 50 percent. PDE5 inhibitors, like Viagra, Cialis, Stendra, and Levitra, are most commonly prescribed for ED.

In a recent study, the researchers looked at the effect of ED drugs on cardiovascular health of men who’ve had a heart attack. The researchers analyzed two ED drugs, PDE5 and alprostadil. In men, the risk of experiencing a heart attack increases after crossing 45.

The researchers found that the risk of being admitted to hospital for heart failure was 40 percent lower in men who were using ED drugs compared to those who weren’t.

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