Viagra prevents heart damage

It seems like Viagra continues to surprise us more and more. The diamond-shaped pill, first designed to treat angina, than approved to treat impotence (Erectile Dysfunction), pulmonary hypertension and prolong shelf life of cut flowers have shown one more unexpected benefit – Viagra can prevent heart damage caused by muscular dystrophy.
The study led at the Montreal Heart Institute revealed that sildenafil (Viagra active ingredient) improved the heart performance of mice having common form of muscular dystrophy.
The findings revealed a revolutionary new treatment of cardiac complications in patients suffering from muscular dystrophy (serious genetic condition that affects 1/3600 of men. The disease leads to muscle weakness, heart problems, scoliosis, and obesity. Few patients can live after age 25. It usually causes death.
Viagra is prescribed to treat different problems, like erectile dysfunction, altitude sickness and pulmonary hypertension. The drug is considered to be safe, but it’s too premature to start prescribing Viagra to treat muscular dystrophy. Serious clinical trials should be led before Sildenafil will be approved for treatment of muscular dystrophy.
You can read the whole story in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.