If you’ve suffered a heart attack, you might be wondering whether ED medications like Cialis and Viagra are safe for you. Generally, surviving a heart attack shouldn’t stop you from having sexual intercourse, but the best option is to consult with a healthcare professional who will assess if a prescription for Viagra should be issued.
If your doctor’s opinion is that you can stand moderate physical activity (which also includes sex), you can take erectile dysfunction drugs like Levitra, Cialis, and Viagra. However, you need to take certain precautions.
In fact, scientists were investigating the ability of Sildenafil (the early version of Viagra) to help alleviate chest pain. The drug does this by relaxing the walls of blood vessels, thus facilitating blood flow to the penis and causing erections. Viagra also relaxes the heart blood vessels, which can help reduce blood pressure.
The answer is yes. Viagra increases the levels of nitric oxide in the blood. NO initiates and maintains vasodilation i.e. it helps blood vessels relax and, as a result, reduces blood pressure. Research has found that men who take Viagra are at a lower risk of dying after suffering a heart attack.
Nitrates and Viagra should not be mixed. Viagra lowers your blood pressure and so do nitrates. When combined, nitrates and Viagra can make your blood pressure too low, which can result in a heart attack.
Now that you know that nitrates can make your blood pressure too low and even cause a heart attack, you’re probably wondering whether you should eat foods rich in nitrates.
There’s no need to be worried. Scientists say that the nitrates present in foods enriched with nitrates, like leafy green veggies and root veggies, are completely safe.
Men with heart disease are concerned about the possibility of their blood pressure dropping to dangerously low levels. Experts say that they can take ED medications but should be cautious. Some men cannot use these medications at all because of how they affect the arteries.
All arteries in the human body release nitric oxide. When a man takes Cialis, Levitra, or Viagra, his arteries widen, thus causing blood pressure to drop. This can happen even in healthy men.
That’s why it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any ED drugs if you have cardiovascular disease.
What is the Optimal Dose of Viagra for Men with Heart Issues?
You can only get Viagra if your doctor prescribes it to you. You should inform your doctor about your heart condition or whether you have survived a heart attack before he prescribes Viagra or any other ED drug.
ED medications come in different strengths. For instance, Viagra comes in three different doses of 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg. Men who have survived a heart attack or have cardiovascular disease are advised to start with the 25mg dose.
To conclude, even men with heart issues can safely use ED pills but only when necessary and with caution.
However, bear in mind that taking any drugs after experiencing a cardiovascular disease or surviving a heart attack is serious, so it is strongly recommended that you discuss it with your doctor.