Viagra will save children with pulmonary hypertension

The active ingredient of drugs from erectile dysfunction viagra, a drug originally developed as a cure for heart disease, may help children with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Scientists from Children's hospital Boston have been using it to treat the disease, but the medicine has not yet received approval from the Department for control of medicines and food products in the USA.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare condition, which is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries leading to the lungs. This condition may be inherited or occur without apparent cause in healthy children. This disease limits physical activity, leads to serdechno failure and even death.

Adults with this disorder helps sildenafil ( known under the brand name Viagra), however, it is not clear how this drug affects life expectancy. In the new study, an experiment was conducted where children aged 1 to 17 years were given various doses of sildenafil for 16 weeks.

It turned out that the drug facilitates pulmonary hypertension in children to such an extent that they can get exercise. Although more erudite fear that the drug will cause problems with vision or priapism ( continuous vertical arrangement of the penis).

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