Can I take ED drugs after a heart attack?
14th October 2019
You may be wondering if it is safe to use ED drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis, after a heart attack. As always, you will want to discuss this with your doctor who issues the prescription for your Viagra. In general, however, having had a heart attack should not prevent you from having sex, according to Dr. William Kormos of Harvard University.
Most men who have recovered from a heart attack can resume their usual sex life. Once your doctor allows you to engage in moderate aerobic activity — sexual activity is often equated to the exercise level of brisk walking — you may safely use ED medications with certain precautions.
In other words, if you can exercise, you can use Viagra, Levitra or Cialis. Originally, Sildenafil (generic Viagra) was investigated for its ability to help treat chest pain. The same function of Viagra in relaxing blood vessels not only causes erections but also relaxes blood vessels in the heart, lowering blood pressure.
Does Viagra lower blood pressure?
Viagra enhances nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator. In layman's terms, vasodilator means a substance which allows blood vessels to relax. This causes a lowering of blood pressure. In other words, yes, Viagra can potentially lower blood pressure in males. Research suggests that you can lower your risk of dying after a heart attack by taking Viagra.
The dangers of Viagra and nitrates
Nitrates and Viagra do not mix. Nitrates lower blood pressure. So does Viagra. When taken together, Viagra and nitrates can lower blood pressure to extremely low levels. This is extremely serious, as lower blood pressure can cause a heart attack.
What about foods high in nitrates?
After hearing that nitrates can lower blood pressure and potentially cause a heart attack, you may be concerned that nitrates in food will cause you a problem. The nitrates found in green leafy vegetables are safe, according to the same Harvard doctor listed above.
However, nitrate-rich foods, like root vegetables and dark leafy greens, are not a problem.
Is Viagra safe for men with heart disease?
The concern with Viagra in men with heart disease is a dangerous drop in blood pressure. According to Harvard Health, men with cardiovascular disease should take special precautions.
ED pills are safe for healthy hearts, but all men with cardiovascular disease should take special precautions, and some cannot use them under any circumstances. The problem is their effect on arteries. All arteries, not just those in the penis, generate nitric oxide, so any artery can widen in response to Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis, causing blood pressure to drop temporarily by 5-8 mmHg, even in healthy men.
Therefore, you will want to consult your doctor before taking viagra if you have heart disease.
Viagra dose for men with heart problems
Viagra is available by prescription. As you get your prescription, make sure your doctor knows that you have heart disease, or have had a heart attack. ED pills such as Viagra and Cialis come in different strengths. If you have heart disease or have experienced a heart attack and wish to try Viagra, start with the lowest dose. Despite the risks, the Harvard Health document concluded that even men with heart conditions will likely be able to use ED medication safely.
Faced with all these warnings, should any man use Viagra, Levitra, Spedra or Cialis? Indeed, no one should use them needlessly or recklessly, but 20 million American men have erectile dysfunction, and most can use ED pills safely.
Keep in mind that taking any medication after having a heart attack or experiencing heart disease is a serious matter which should be discussed with a doctor prior to using.
More research - Tadalafil brings significant improvements
Above is research involving Viagra. What about other ED medications, such as Cialis (generic name Tadalafil)? A Prof. Trafford decided to focus on Cialis and its ability to treat heart disease. The results were promising:
We do have limited evidence from human trials and epidemiological studies that show tadalafil can be effective in treating heart failure, Prof. Trafford says.
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