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7 Conditions Viagra is Used to Treat Besides ED

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7 Conditions Viagra is Used to Treat Besides ED

While there are plenty of men who might call Viagra a “miracle drug” in terms of treating their erectile dysfunction (ED), there are a surprising number of other ailments and conditions for which Viagra can help.

1. Diabetes

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine noticed that Viagra relaxed the stomach muscles of animals, which could help the 75% of diabetic humans who have gastroparesis. The condition slows digestion and causes a loss of appetite and dehydration.

2. Altitude-related lung problems

German researchers found that when expert climbers were given Viagra, their bodies were more able to tolerate the lack of oxygen while they scaled a Himalayan peak.

3. Strokes

Researchers in Iceland found that Viagra may block a gene that affects the growth of blood vessels which leads to a greater risk of having a stroke. 

4. Female sexual function

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Just like its function in men, Viagra helps female sexual function by increasing nitric oxide during arousal, which increases blood flow to women’s genitals.

5. Infertility

Approximately one in 20 women who seek treatment for infertility can’t conceive due to an overly thin uterine lining. That’s because even with the help of in vitro fertilization, the womb isn’t thick enough to hold an embryo. But Viagra seems to promote the growth of the lining of the uterus by dilating blood vessels.

6. Heart failure

Men who have experienced congestive heart failure (CHF) may be given a green light for exercise and sexual activity thanks to Viagra’s ability to lower blood pressure and heart rate.

This is particularly good news as up to 70% of men who have experienced CHF also have ED.

7. Preterm birth

A baby in England who was born 16 weeks early was given Viagra to open up her arteries in order to treat her heart and lung problems. The idea was to use Viagra to increase blood flow through the pulmonary artery from the heart to the lungs.

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As a journalist Lisa enjoys writing about a variety of topics. Over the course of the last ten years she has been involved in television news as well as print and online publications. Medical news has always been a favorite for this native New Yorker because she gets to stay on top of the latest developments in a rapidly changing field. Lisa Furgison on Google+