The erectile dysfunction remedy known as Viagra may also be used to treat high blood pressure, according to new research from Spain’s Ramón y Cajal Hospital Institute. The study findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s 2016 Congress, and demonstrated that the common side effects of Viagra such as headache and dizziness may actually be used to your advantage in treating hypertension. This is because the medication reduces both blood pressure and cardiac workload, which can lead to less frequent or reduced attacks of hypertension. This evidence also suggests that men with erectile dysfunction may be over-represented among those suffering from hypertension, and this should not be disregarded as a contributing factor when considering treatment options for the condition.

Why Is Viagra Effective In Treating High Blood Pressure?

The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Institute of Cardiology of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, examined the effect of Viagra on ambulatory blood pressure in patients with mild to moderate hypertension. The findings were compared against a placebo, and against an active control group taking an alfuzosin tablet. The trial was double-blind, meaning neither the researchers nor the patients knew which medication they were receiving during the study. This was achieved by generating an imitation drug for the placebo group, and by coating the alfuzosin tablets in such a way that neither patients nor doctors could identify the actual drug. Eighty-nine patients were randomly assigned to receive either 100 mg of Viagra or placebo immediately before a 20-minute walk. Patients were also asked to walk at a comfortable, regular pace for the duration of the study. Blood pressure was then measured at the beginning and end of the study, and the results were compared against each other.

After taking Viagra, patients’ systolic blood pressure came down 4.2 points and diastolic pressure decreased by 2.8 points compared to placebo. These findings were comparable to those seen in patients receiving alfuzosin, though not quite as effective. However, the study results do not suggest that Viagra is as effective as other drugs used to treat hypertension, such as losartan and irbesartan. These latter medications are known as angiotensin II receptor blockers, and were developed to treat hypertension by reducing the activity of the hormone angiotensin II, which has been implicated in hypertension development. Angiotensin II causes vasoconstriction and a significant rise in blood pressure, and excessive amounts of the hormone have been seen in the patients who developed diabetes after receiving kidney transplants. The new study results are timely because hypertension is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases in the world, and its prevalence is increasing annually. More than 300 million people are affected by the condition, which can lead to heart disease and stroke, making it the #1 cause of death worldwide.

What Is The Typical Side Effect Of Viagra?

The most common side effect of Viagra is headache, which occurs in around 25% of patients. Other side effects which can occur include dizziness, diarrhea, and tachycardia. While these are all rare, they can occur, and if they persist or worsen, they may require discontinuation of the medication or reduction of the dosage. Tachycardia, or high heart rate, is the most common side effect of Viagra, and has been reported in anywhere from 2% to 8% of patients. In the above-noted trial mentioned previously, tachycardia was one of the most common side effects, occurring in around 7% of patients taking Viagra, though it only affected 4% of the placebo group with hypertension. This again highlights the fact that the medication may not be suitable for everyone.

Are There Any Other Effective Treatments For High Blood Pressure?

While Viagra is extremely effective in treating high blood pressure, it is not the only medication available to do so. In some cases, a combination of drugs may be prescribed to treat the condition, with the aim of reducing the dosage of each drug in order to lessen or avoid the common side effects that may occur. For example, losartan and hydralazine, two other commonly used antihypertensive drugs, are often prescribed together with Viagra for patients who cannot use the erectile dysfunction remedy due to other medical conditions. Losartan reduces blood pressure by suppressing the production of angiotensin II in the body, while hydralazine acts as a peripheral vasodilator, widening the blood vessels and decreasing systemic vascular resistance – the body’s general defense against high blood pressure. However, the combined use of losartan and hydralazine may lead to additional side effects such as hyperuricemia and urinary tract problems, as well as dizziness and headaches. It is always a good idea to consult with your personal physician or healthcare provider before starting any new medication, especially if you are already taking other medications for other conditions. In some cases, patients may require blood pressure tests to determine the exact cause of their hypertension before starting treatment with Viagra, and it is important to keep in mind that there are various forms of hypertension, some of which may require different treatment approaches.

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