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SCI/TECH: Tests Show Viagra May Help Enlarged Hearts

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posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 03:36 PM
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The erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, may be of benefit to patients with enlarged hearts secondary to high blood pressure. Animal tests indicate some benefit, and researchers are making plans to test the drug in humans. The drug was found to have reversed some of the enlargement in mice.

 



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WASHINGTON - Viagra may aid in the treatment of enlarged hearts that can result from high blood pressure, tests on animals indicate. Plans are under way for a trial to determine if similar results occur in humans given the drug widely used to treat erectile dysfunction.

The drug, known generically as sildenafil citrate, blocked and even reversed some of the heart enlargement in mice with blood pressure stress, said researchers led by Dr. David A. Kass of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

"A larger-than-normal heart is a serious medical condition, known as hypertrophy, and is a common feature of heart failure that can be fatal," Kass said.


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Viagra was initially developed as a drug for pulmonary hypertension or high blood pressure in the lung vasculature. Early on its famous side effect was noticed and now it is a billion dollar drug for erectile dysfunction. However, its uses are still being investigated. We are actually one of the centers researching pediatric applications for the drug. Once the snickers and jokes fade away, the drug actually works well for those with pulmonary hypertension.




posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 03:39 PM
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Methinks this is just a way to make it "ok" that Viagra is covered by insurance but birth control for women is not.



posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 03:43 PM
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Originally posted by Leespitfire
Methinks this is just a way to make it "ok" that Viagra is covered by insurance but birth control for women is not.


No, that is a religious issue, most HMO's will cover both. However, the literature and research supports its applications for PPHTN in pediatrics and I have seen teh positive results first hand.



posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 03:43 PM
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I agree with leespitfire on this one, they did that with propecia, they used too to control prostate problems.

I tell you women are the ones to have the problems with unwanted pregnancies and protection more than men but is not free birth control for women at all.

What a shame. I guess they need to keep the abortion issue alive so they can target poor women.



posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 03:48 PM
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SCI/TECH: Tests Show Viagra May Help Enlarged Hearts


That's because the blood supply is diverted elsewhere.



posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 03:50 PM
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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
That's because the blood supply is diverted elsewhere.


not guite: In technical terms, Viagra is an afterload reducer. If you decrease the resistance against which the heart has to pump it makes its life easier. In turn the bogged down heart will hopefully loose some of that extra muscle it built up when it was working so hard.



posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 03:54 PM
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Originally posted by marg6043

I tell you women are the ones to have the problems with unwanted pregnancies and protection more than men but is not free birth control for women at all.



Yes, if men suddenly where the ones who got pregnant, then birth control would be 100% effective if wanted and FREE.



posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 04:12 PM
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I may be the youngest person to be put on Viagra.....But its because of the Heart Condition.. I swear



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 08:45 AM
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Originally posted by FredT

Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
That's because the blood supply is diverted elsewhere.


not guite: In technical terms, Viagra is an afterload reducer. If you decrease the resistance against which the heart has to pump it makes its life easier. In turn the bogged down heart will hopefully loose some of that extra muscle it built up when it was working so hard.
Well, hell, they can use leeches for that.

Speaking of which, leeches have just recently gotten FDA re-approval.



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 01:41 PM
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We use leaches all the time for digit reattachment. They are smaller than you would think and they look like slugs but are fast mothers before they eat.



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