Viagra and Cialis linked to heart benefits, longer life

Those taking erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra and Cialis may experience an additional health benefit beyond help with sexual performance.

A large observational investigation published on January 13 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine revealed that men who regularly took a specific type of erectile dysfunction (ED) medication had a 25% lower chance of dying prematurely than men with erectile dysfunction who did not take these pills.

Erectile dysfunction medication use correlates with multiple heart benefits

Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 70,000 men with erectile dysfunction and found that those who were prescribed Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), Levitra (vardenafil) or similar drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5) inhibitors ) also had:

  • 39% lower death rate due to heart disease
  • 22% lower death rate due to unstable angina (where the heart doesn’t get enough blood flow and oxygen)
  • 17 percent lower rate of heart failure
  • 15% lower rate of need for revascularization procedures such as angioplasty (a procedure to open blocked arteries), stent placement, and heart bypass surgery
  • 13% lower rate of major adverse cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack

“Across all these parameters, men with erectile dysfunction exposed to PDE-5 inhibitors showed significant associations with lower rates of many of these adverse events or trends in the right direction, suggesting a possible protective effect,” says lead researcher Robert Kloner , MD, PhD, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Huntington Medical Research in Pasadena, Calif., and professor of medicine in the cardiovascular division of the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Viagra and Cialis linked to heart benefits, longer life

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