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Introduced to the public by the pharmaceutical manufacturing giant Pfizer in 1998, Viagra is one of the most common and effective treatments for erectile dysfunction. It is also the most widely discussed and controversial pharmaceutical drug to hit the mainstream market in the last three decades. The active ingredient in Viagra is sildenafil citrate, which was originally developed to lower blood pressure.

Unintended Side Effect During Clinical Trials

Pharmaceutical scientists in the U.K were trying to create a drug for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure. The drug was meant to affect pertinent enzymes within the walls of the blood vessels that controlled the signaling of nitric oxide. During clinical trials, many patients began to mention improved erections as a side effect of the drug. This led to the development of the drug for use in the treatment of erection difficulties.

Relaxes Blood Vessels Around the Penile Area

 

Viagra helps to treat erectile dysfunction in men who have issues achieving or maintaining an erection. It functions by relaxing blood vessels around the penile area, allowing for easier and increased blood flow to the penis. It improves erectile response in men who are sexually stimulated and does not initiate sexual stimulation by itself. When a man is sexually stimulated (through smell, touch, visual or auditory stimuli), the body’s nervous system releases nitric oxide present in the penis’ erectile tissue.

Helps to Prevent the Degradation of cGMP

The nitric oxide causes the stimulation of an enzyme, which in turn produces cGMP (cyclic guanosine monophosphate). The cGMP causes the dilation of arteries in the penile area and causes blood to flow to the erectile tissues thereby resulting in an erection. Erectile dysfunction occurs when cGMP is degraded before sexual satisfaction is achieved. Viagra works by preventing the degradation of cGMP and allowing for the continuous flow of blood to the arteries and erectile tissues.

Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Aside from being an important and very effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, Viagra could also be used in the treatment of other health conditions. One such promising application of Viagra is the treatment of PAH (pulmonary arterial hypertension), a life-threatening and potentially deadly lung and heart condition. Studies show that Viagra significantly decreases the symptoms of PAH through the relaxation of blood vessels in the patient’s lungs, thus preventing constriction that leads to hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension. If left untreated, PAH could lead to right-sided heart failure. There are numerous cases where Viagra was used to successfully treat premature babies born with PAH.

Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure

 

Viagra also improves the symptoms of men diagnosed with CHF (congestive heart failure) since it helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate during physical exertions like exercise and sexual activities. Studies show that over 65% of patients suffering from CHF also have erectile dysfunction. Most of these patients believe that the medications used in treating CHF adversely affect their sexual performance and as a result, they stop taking them. Viagra encourages such patients to continue their medications while it takes care of erectile dysfunction.

Symptomatic Relief from BPH

Viagra could also provide relief from some urinary tract symptoms usually associated with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH usually occurs when the prostate gland is undergoing its second phase of growth and this growth period may begin to interfere with the normal functioning of the male urinary system. Reports from the Urology Care Foundation show that nearly 50% of men between 51- 60 and over 90% of those above 80 suffer from BPH. Although it is non-cancerous, BPH shows some of the symptoms associated with prostate cancer and can only be diagnosed by an experienced healthcare professional.

Increases Chances of Fertility

Studies conducted in Nevada by the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine show that Viagra could dramatically increase chances of fertility in certain groups of women. The study suggested that it aids fertility by increasing the flow of blood to the patient’s uterus.

Finding a Clinic That Provides Viagra

It’s imperative that you find a clinic with qualified physicians who have experience in treating men with Viagra. Find a clinic with a professional staff and a division that specializes in men’s health. You should also choose a clinic that provides convenient appointments or walk-in availability. If you would like to get a Viagra prescription in San Francisco , schedule your appointment with EZ Care Clinic by calling (415) 966-0848 or walk in from 11 am to 7 pm.

 


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