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Monday, May 12, 2003

Bottle of Secrets

We all know Viagra claims to improve your sex life but could the little blue pill also improve your health? Here is a special report on the little blue pills' little secrets.

Viagra is already known to improve a man's quality of life, now it could help people enjoy life longer.

"The drug is FDA approved and has great potential for clinical application."

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University discovered Viagra shields against heart damage in animals and Dr. Rakesh Kukreja believes it could protect cardiac muscles during heart attacks in humans.

Dr. Rakesh Kukreja: "The effect was so powerful it was observed within 30 minutes and it lasted up to 24 hours."

Considering heart disease is the number one killer, cardiologists are hopeful.

"It's an exciting potential. If you look at heart disease, and the major cause of morbidtality is heart attack.if we can do something more to reduce that risk or at least reduce the risk the impact of a heart attack, that has great importance."

But Sex Specialist Allen Seftel, is more hesitant: "I think to jump on the bandwagon and assume that if you have some cardiovascular disease this is going to benefit you is not appropriate at this time."

Even though research is just beginning on this new use for the little blue pill, Virginia Commonwealth University has taken out a patent to use Viagra for cardio protection.

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