Monday, July 17

Drugs for erectile dysfunction may reduce the risk of heart issues.

This research is still on the watch

Compared to men who did not take the meds, otherwise healthy men treated with prescription pharmaceuticals for erectile dysfunction experienced fewer heart-related issues.

Drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) are referred to as PDE-5 inhibitors. They enhance blood flow by loosening arterial walls. Previous studies revealed that these medications could help men with diabetes or heart disease experience fewer heart issues.

72,000 men with erectile dysfunction but no heart issues in the prior year were included in the new study. PDE-5 inhibitors were prescribed to over 24,000 patients, who were then observed for an average of 2.4 years; the others were observed for an average of three years. Men who used PDE-5 inhibitors had a 39% reduced rate of death from cardiovascular disease and a 13% lower rate of heart attacks, strokes, or other major heart-related events compared to men who did not. However, before the medications could be approved to prevent heart disease, these results would need to be confirmed in a carefully controlled clinical trial. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published the report in its January 2023 issue.

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