Viagra may help severe altitude sickness

What medication first comes to a mind when you think of erectile dysfunction?

Most likely that’s Viagra.

Over the last 10 years it has proven to be a powerful impotence drug and had been a subject for various studies and researches all over the world.

What most people do not know about Viagra is that the reason why it helps men with their ED is because it increases the blood flow, but not only to the penis but throughout the body as well.

There are many medical conditions that are directly linked to and can be caused by problems and abnormalities in the blood flow that do not include sexual dysfunction and today the researches into potential usage of Viagra for treating these conditions have new answers and successful studies to offer.

A team of French researchers, for instance is certain that Viagra can help people with lung problems due to high altitudes.

High altitudes can often cause problems for people and even be dangerous for individuals who already have either lung or heart problems.

What happens on the high altitudes is that the air gets thinner and there is less oxygen for people to breathe in, so the blood vessels are not able to get as much oxygen anymore and they can constrict.

If this happens in the lungs, the heart receives an additional pressure from the blood vessel constriction and this can even result in heart failure.

High altitude can interfere with oxygen exchange in the lungs by causing for the lungs to leak fluid that then builds up in them.

How can Viagra help in high altitudes?

It relaxes the blood vessels and allows the blood to flow freely. The goal of the study conducted by French researchers was to see if Viagra would make it easier for people to breathe once exposed to high altitudes.

The experiment was an unusual one, 12 men who wanted to participate were asked to get on a mountain in France about 3 miles or 4, 5 kilometers above the sea level and face the high altitudes in the name of science.

All men were healthy around 29 years of age and had little to no previous high altitude experience.

These men enrolled in an unusual adventure to help Jean-Paul Richalet and his colleagues see if Viagra could help to prevent or fight high-altitude pulmonary edema, a condition when the fluid leaks and builds up in the lungs.

At the beginning of the study men had their baseline measurements taken at the sea level.

As the adventure continued, the team and the test subjects have started walking up the mountain and once they reached the town about 0.6 miles or 1 kilometer stopped for a day to start adjusting to high altitudes.

The next day men were taken by the helicopter to an observatory very close to the highest point in Western Europe where they stayed for five days. After that they came back down to get some tests taken.

During the whole study men were constantly asked to complete survey in order to see if they start experiencing acute mountain sickness or any breathing problems. They were also asked to ride bikes so that they had to exercise which would make breathing more difficult and make the study more accurate.

Sooner or later all men started having breathing problems, half of the group received Viagra and the other half received placebo.

The first day the symptoms were still in progress – high blood pressure, stomach problems and dizziness in both groups.

Soon, after Viagra started to kick in the symptoms slowly disappeared, for example the blood pressure normalized compared to the placebo group.

Just as the researchers have predicted Viagra was able to help men who had health problems due to exposure to high altitudes and helped their bodies remain healthy and strong even at 3 miles or 4.5 kilometers above the sea level.

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Viagra reverses symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon

One of the most popular and well known impotence drugs is without a doubt Viagra. It has been on the market for decades now and has proven to be highly effective in treating erectile dysfunction in men. However, opposed to what most people think Viagra is not as simple as it may seem, in fact doctors constantly keep finding new ways of using this medications in treating various conditions including the ones that have no connection to sexual dysfunction whatsoever.

One of the conditions Viagra is now proven to be helpful in treating is the one called Raynaud’s phenomenon. This condition is relatively rare but dangerous. People who suffer from it experience spasms in the blood vessels in their hands and feet if exposed to either cold or stress. This causes poor blood circulation in the body and pain. Sometimes this condition can get very serious and even cause tissue death or ulceration in fingers and toes.

Raynaud’s phenomenon is extremely difficult to treat, it usually does not respond to traditional treatment and for a long time science has failed to offer a satisfactory alternative to it, until an experiment with Viagra and its influence on the condition.

Viagra was first introduced as a drug that affects the smallest blood vessels and increases blood flow throughout the body and thus helps to treat erectile dysfunction by improving the blood flow to the penis. But what many scientists did not realize at the time was that increasing the blood flow may also be very helpful in treating other conditions and medical problems that appear directly from abnormalities in the blood distribution in the body and the work of blood vessels.

German researchers from Bad Schonborn under the supervision of Dr. Roland Fries have thought that Viagra may be useful in treating Raynaud’s phenomenon as it affect the blood flow directly and decided to test it. They asked for 18 volunteers that had this condition and did not show any substantial improvements after previous treatments to participate in their study.

A part of the group received a regular Viagra treatment while the others were assigned to take placebo. In order for the study to work, naturally, the test subjects did not know who got the placebo and who got real treatment.

People who participated in the experiment have followed the routine recommended by doctors and switched treatment after 4 weeks of taking pills and one additional week of a “washout” period.

The results that were discovered after the completion of the study proved German researchers’ presumptions and showed that Viagra is, in fact, effective in treating Raynaud’s phenomenon.

Viagra was able to help substantially decrease the frequency and duration of Raynaud attacks and therefore help to manage the condition in most of the patients.

Six of the patients who took part in the study had their chronic toe or finger sores considerably healed, and two patients had their sores completely gone while on Viagra.

However, the research has also shown that the positive effects medication has on the condition only lasts during the treatment, once the treatment is stopped the symptoms come back again.

The team of German researchers who conducted the experiment is certain that Viagra can offer a new way of thinking in treating microcirculatory disorders and Raynaud’s phenomenon in particular. It affects blood vessels in the body so that they are able to distribute the blood properly. Even though Viagra does not completely cure the condition and only works during the actual treatment but it can certainly provide new answers and help to make life easier for many people who suffer from it.

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Viagra for plants

Viagra has been widely known for a long time now. It is, perhaps, one of the most popular medications that are prescribed for fighting impotence and erectile dysfunction in men.

There is probably not a single grown up person who would not have heard about Viagra at least once in their life. As the society talks more and more about this drug the doctors and the scientists keep on researching into the abilities of this medication and try to see if it can be useful for treating anything rather than the ED.

As it turns out it really can help for various conditions and not only in people. A scientist from Israel named Ya’acov Leshem has got an idea that Viagra could have a positive effect on drooping flowers and he decided to test it.

After putting some Viagra pills into a vase with dying flowers he soon noticed something very interesting – the flowers looked healthier and fresher and stayed that way for almost a week longer than they were supposed to.

Satisfied with his discovery Leshem tries to explain why the human pills worked on flowers. Oddly enough the effect Viagra has on men is very similar to that on plants. The trick is that flowers just like people have a common denominator – nitric oxide.

This gas that is fairly common is known because of its bad reputation and it normally connected to traffic pollution but it is also a very powerful human hormone. Nitric oxide is responsible for relaxing blood vessels and increasing flow of blood in the body and that is how it is helpful in treating impotence.

Plants tend to give off this gas and this ability has been thoroughly studied by Leshem and Ron Wills from Australia. During the experiments about 40 flowers, vegetables and fruit species have been fumigated with nitric oxide.

The discoveries of these studies were very successful – many of the plant species have been able to stay fresh and healthy for almost twice longer than usual after 5-12 hours of nitric oxide treatment. The best effect has been achieved in strawberries, prepared salads and other leafy plants, but thick-skinned fruits like oranges, for instance stayed the same and no substantial improvement was visible.

Viagra and its influence on stimulating the nitric oxide could be extremely helpful and useful in flower and food industries. Viagra is cheap and easy to get, if used in low quantities it proves to be very effective and causes no side-effects in plants.

However, not everybody is optimistic and happy with the discovery, as for many years now nitric oxide has been considered dangerous if used in large quantities. Today the scientists are certain that plants are able to produce their own nitric oxide and therefore it is impossible to eliminate this gas completely. Furthermore, studies like the one described here show that if used in small amounts nitric oxide can actually be useful and healthy.

Furthermore nitric oxide can not only help plants to stay fresh longer but make their immune system stronger and help them fighting crop diseases. Daniel Klessig, a professor at a University in New Jersey says that plants use nitric oxide to kill of the invading infection and defend the safety of the plant’s life.

Another case when Viagra may be very helpful is turning plants back to life during droughts. Professor Steven Neill from Bristol is certain that he can boost the life-saving nitric oxide effect in plants that are shutting down without water supply, with the help of simple Viagra. This may not save the plants completely but may be very useful in fighting the drought side-effects in plants.

With the help of modern science new ways of using Viagra and benefitting greatly are now discovered. The effect Viagra has on plants may be extremely helpful in the century of limited water supply and major concern about the environment.

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