A Swedish study followed 43,145 men under the age of 80 who had suffered their first heart attack. After three years, the researchers found that the 7% of the men who had taken erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs during the study had a 33% lower risk of death than those who hadn’t taken impotence drugs.
In addition to the lower death rate, the men who had taken the ED drugs had a lower risk of being admitted to the hospital for heart failure. The benefits only applied to men who took the most common type of ED drugs, called phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, such as Cenforce, Tadalista or Fildena.
A follow-up study of nearly 140,000 men with stable coronary artery disease (such as prior coronary angioplasty or myocardial infarction) is in the works. Some researchers suggest that women should be included in future studies.
The ED/cardiovascular connection
Previous studies have shown that healthy men who have erectile dysfunction have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease than their non-impotent peers.
Why? Possibly because both conditions share the same risk factors, including:
- type 2 diabetes
Warnings and considerations
If you’ve had a heart attack, don’t expect your doctor to casually write out a prescription for Viagra, Levitra or Cialis. Each of the common ED drugs has its own risks and warnings about who should and shouldn’t take the impotence drugs.
Men will need to talk to their doctor in detail about a history of low blood pressure, uncontrolled high blood pressure, unstable angina or congestive heart failure.
Likewise, if you’re taking certain medications, they can have a dangerous interaction with some ED drugs. This is an especially vital warning for men who take nitrates, tamsulosin hydrocholoride (Flomax) for an enlarged prostate, or alpha-blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure or an enlarged prostate.
Scientists are currently working on “the condom of the future.” While condoms are easy to make, affordable and available all over the world, there is still a stigma attached. Some couples choose not to use them because it doesn’t feel as good as it does without one.
Now, researchers believe they’re on the verge of developing a condom that couples will prefer.
The new condom
The next generation condom is made from hydrogels that feel better than latex and has the ability to do things like self lubricate, provide a dose of Vidalista or ,Cialis Black or respond to stimulation in a certain way.
The team from the University of Wollongong received one of 52 grants offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a condom that couples want to wear.
“If you make them so pleasurable that people can’t wait to put them on, then more people will use them, and we can hopefully stop the spread of disease. It’s as simple as that.”
Initial funding of $100,000 was given to grant winners to create a “stigma-free condom” in hopes that it could lead to global health benefits including the reduction of unplanned pregnancies and better prevention against STDs and HIV.
The research team is now in the testing phases, and plans to watch brain activity of couples using the condom to see if they’re preferred over latex.
The condom with a dose of ED medication
Researchers are still working on how the condom can deliver a dose of ED medication, but they believe it’s possible with the new material.
There’s no partnership established with a pharmaceutical company to create a liquid version of Viagra or Cialis to incorporate into the condom, but the creation is still in its infant stages.