Impotence Drug May Reduce Heart Failure

The impotence drug Viagra may also help prevent the abnormal growth of the heart seen in some types of heart disease, researchers reported on Sunday. The drug, originally tested but rejected as a heart drug, stopped the overgrowth of hearts in mice that were implanted with heart failure, the researchers said. "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," said cardiologist Dr. David Kass of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who led the study.

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