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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Viagra May Shrink Heart

A news article reports that doctors have discovered that viagra not only helps with erectile disfunction but also provides help to those with enlarged hearts.

"Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland have found that sildenafil citrate—Viagra—treats enlarged hearts in mice, stopping further muscle growth, reversing existing growth and treating cellular and functional damage.

"A larger-than-normal heart is a serious medical condition, known as hypertrophy, and is a common feature of heart failure that can be fatal," says study senior author and cardiologist David Kass"

Amazing how one drug can shrink certain parts and ... well ... you know the rest.  Thanks to for the article update.  [bm]

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