Sex warning: Taking Viagra when you have high blood pressure has THIS effect on the body

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Posted on Dec 7 2017 - 10:10am by admin

Sex life when you are older is likely to be different, suggest Age UK, but recent research published in February revealed that two-thirds of people over 50 are still having sex on a regular basis.

However, erectile dysfunction can be a problem for men as they age, with sexual function sharply decreasing over the age of 50, according to the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Taking Viagra has become a popular way to treat the condition, which is defined as an inability to get and maintain an erection.

It is the brand name for sildenafil citrate which works by relaxing the walls of the blood vessels and increases areas of blood flow to particular areas of the body, notably the penis. 

With rates of high blood pressure on the rise, it is understandable many men are unsure how to treat their erectile dysfunction if they have a hypertension diagnosis too.

A 2014 study published in the journal BMC Medicine found that Viagra had no effect on the blood pressure of patients with a variety of cardiac conditions.

What’s more, they discovered it could actually be good for your heart health.

By increasing blood flow, it may help stop the heart muscle thickening and could prevent early-stage heart failure.

This isn’t the first time a positive link between Viagra and blood pressure has been found. 

Back in 1989 British scientists started studying sildenafil citrate as a way of treating high blood pressure, as well as angina.

During trials in the 1990s they noticed an increase in erections, and it became a drug for erectile dysfunction ever since.

However, if you have been told you have high blood pressure and are taking drugs to reduce it – meaning it is not yet under control – you should consult your doctor first before taking Viagra.

This is because if you are taking medications such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors and alpha blockers, your blood pressure will already be in the process of being reduced, and taking Viagra on top of that could cause it to dip dangerously low.

The health website webMD states that you should only take it once your pressure is under control and treated.

Additionally, they suggest that some high blood pressure medications may inadvertently help erectile dysfunction.

It is also possible to reduce risk of high blood pressure by cutting salt in your diet, doing more exercise and reducing stress.

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