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2,200 Deaths Linked to Viagra and Other Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Heart Disease and Cardiac Failure

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) drugs may lead to deaths among those so quick to solve this problem. Researchers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been able to link 2200 deaths to ED drugs in the ten years between 2000 and 2010. Because the number of American men using the drugs is very hard to narrow down, the number should not be a cause for a scare. The discussion is about whether erectile dysfunction is a result of heart conditions or other diseases whose surety is yet to be confirmed. However, the evidence is getting more convincing that ED drugs could be the cause of such deaths.

The FDA does not disapprove of all ED medication, conceding that there are safe medicines out there. However, all men aged thirty, and above should undergo a cardiac risk assessment just to be safe. Cardiac health and sexual disorders may be more closely linked than we thought.

Multiple studies have shown that men with erectile dysfunction have a greater chance of dying from heart problems than those who do not. A male with erectile dysfunction should be tested for heart disease and one with ED and symptoms of a cardiac disorder should make significant changes to his lifestyle. Guidelines meant to improve the use of ED drugs are being formulated and distributed to healthcare providers.

Any ED drug manufacturer did not sponsor the study to determine adverse effects of ED drugs on men for the ten year period. The number of reports of the harmful effects of ED drugs in men was more than ten times the number of deaths stated. On the contrary, it is very difficult to prove a direct link between the deaths and the drugs. There is also the problem of discerning if the effects were as a result of genuine or counterfeit drugs. Men are advised to acquire prescriptions from their doctors and not any other source. The patient is entirely responsible for failure to do so.

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