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Why are so many lawsuits filed, claiming that Viagra causes heart attacks, when a careful review of the scientific literature by the Food and Drug Administration shows that there is no evidence whatever that Viagra causes heart attacks?

Heart attacks are caused by blocked arteries leading to the heart. Viagra opens up arteries, it does not close them. The most common causes of impotence are arteriosclerosis and diabetes because these diseases damage arteries to block blood flow to the penis, but the same process also blocks blood flow to the heart. So being impotent increases risk for heart attacks five fold and diabetes by many times. Viagra permits an impotent man to make love, but it does nothing to treat the underlying cause. The excitement can put such as strain on an already damaged heart that it may start to beat irregularly and cause a heart attack.

Comparison of reported and expected deaths in sildenafil (Viagra) users. American Journal of Cardiology, 2002, Vol 89, Iss 11, pp 1331+ DK Wysowski, E Farinas, L Swartz. Wysowski DK, US FDA, Div Drug Risk Evaluat 1, Off Drug Safety, HFD-430, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15B-08, Rockville,MD 20857 USA

Reported 9/2/02; checked 8/9/05

May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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