Taking Viagra reduces the chance of early death by 25%, the study found

Taking Viagra reduces the chance of early death by 25%, the study found

In addition to treating erectile dysfunction, men taking Viagra may also treat heart problems and avoid an early death. At least that’s the conclusion of a new study published Jan. 13 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Researchers from the University of Southern California in the United States analyzed data from 70,000 adult men with an average age of 52 who had suffered from erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. According to the scientists, taking the pill was associated with a lower incidence of heart complications, cardiovascular death and the risk of allcause mortality.

The participants were divided into two groups: 23,816 were taking Viagra and 48,682 were not taking the pill. The scientists found that those who took the drug were less likely to have heart problems, 17% less likely to have heart failure, and 22% less likely to have unstable angina, a sudden chest pain that usually occurs when the patient is at rest .

Participants who took the pill also lived longer on average, with their risk of premature death decreasing by 25% over the study period.

Experts explain in the study that the drug is able to increase blood flow in the arteries of the heart, prevent blood clots and improve oxygenation throughout the body. Therefore, previous research has also linked Viagra use to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s, which can be caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.

Although the results are promising, researchers do not recommend using Viagra offlabel — it is a recommended treatment only for cases of erectile dysfunction.

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