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Effects of Viagra on high blood pressure

There are more than 1.4 million males in the United Kingdom currently taking the drug Viagra to help with erectile dysfunction and pretty much everyone now knows what the drug is and how it can help males to perform, however the Viagra cure for high blood pressure has not been as well publicized.1 High blood pressure can play a big part in not being able to get or maintain an erection, so with the help of Viagra sufferers can find relief from both problems.

Effects of high blood pressure on sex

It is thought that there are up to 7 million people in the United Kingdom that are currently suffering from high blood pressure that don't even know it. Because the symptoms of erectile dysfunction can be put down to different factors, blood pressure might not even be thought of as being the cause especially in young men who are less likely to suffer.

When you have high blood pressure the arteries become dilated (have less room) making it difficult for the blood to get to the penis for an erection. 2 In addition to not getting blood the muscle that is inside of the penis is not able to relax causing further blood flow problems stopping an erection from occurring fully or at all.

What does research show?

A recent study used a group of male subjects aged between 40 and 79 all with high blood pressure; out of the study group 49% of them had problems with erectile dysfunction showing there was definitely a connection. A further study got results of 69% with almost half having severe problems obtaining and/or retaining an erection. Those that took regular medication for their blood pressure suffered further finding that the answer to one problem caused another.

A double blind test was performed on a group of 8 men between the ages of 57 and 76 that had erectile dysfunction and hypertension that was under control. None were on medication that could contradict the effects of Viagra on high blood pressure. During the test all study participants had their blood pressure and heart rate checked with a special oscillometric instrument. Each were re-tested after 15 minutes of taking the drug and then again periodically afterwards. It was shown that participants taking Viagra had 17/11 mm lower on their results than those that took the placebo, showing its effectiveness. Even after 90 minutes the scores were still lower than the placebo group.3 The reason for this is thought to be because of Viagra's effect on the vascular tone of the arteries allowing the blood to flow easier therefore lowering the pressure the blood has to be pumped through the body.

Due to the modest blood pressure reduction, a Viagra cure for high blood pressure has been shown to be safe for most people including those already on medication. Not only has it been shown to give short term relief but in the long term it can also improve the way the blood vessels lining functions.

Can Viagra lower blood pressure?

The effects of Viagra on high blood pressure are positive because the lowering effect of blood pressure can ease up dilation of the arteries allowing blood flow to increase giving a better erection, so unlike some blood pressure medications can help with both problems.4 The effect is slight so is suitable for most people which is one of the reasons it is prescribed as often as it is.

Taking Viagra if you have been diagnosed with extremely low blood pressure can be dangerous, which is why it will not usually be prescribed until it is under control. There are certain medications that are used to treat high blood pressure that can increase the effect which is why males looking for a Viagra cure for high blood pressure should always consult their practitioner first.

Lifestyle changes/treatments to lower blood pressure

Viagra is not a cure for high blood pressure, but it has been said to provide certain benefits in lowering it in conjunction with changes to your lifestyle. One of the main changes that people can make its to their diet. It's easy in this day and age to go to the cupboard and retrieve a fast processed meal than to make one from scratch when you are on the go, however the processed foods tend to contain more salt which known to make blood pressure higher. If you usually add salt to your food, try other condiments instead.

The good effects of fruit and vegetables don't end with you immune system, they also contain potassium which has been proven to reduce the bad effects that salt can have on your bod, which will help you to naturally reduce your blood pressure. Experts advise eating at least 5 portions each day, however if this can be upped even more the better it will be for your short and long term health.

Drinking alcohol is fine occasionally but overdoing it is known to increase blood pressure, especially over long periods of time. staying within the recommended limits of 3 to 4 units each day as a man and no more than 2 to 3 for a woman is the best way to avoid problems later down the line and improve those that you are currently suffering from.

Even if you are not used to it, exercise can not only help you to release feel good endorphins but can also help to work out your heart and arteries. The positive effects of Viagra on high blood pressure can be helped further by increasing your activity levels. This could be done slowly over time by walking a little further each day and then challenging yourself to do more as your fitness improves.5

Carrying additional weight is a known strain on the heart and can make blood pressure worse. Keeping up with regular exercise and sticking to a healthy diet including fruit and vegetables can help you to get slimmer and healthier.

Sources:

1. British Men Turn to Viagra in Record Numbers - AccessRX

2. How High Blood Pressure Leads to Erectile Dysfunction - WebMD

3. Effect of sildenafil on blood pressure and arterial wave reflection in treated hypertensive men - Nature.com

4. Viagra (sildenafil) facts - BPAS.org

5. Weight loss to lower blood pressure - Bloodpressure UK

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