Are statins good for your love life?

Statins are associated with a significant improvement in erectile function, a fact researchers hope will encourage men who need statins to reduce their risk of heart attack to take them, according to research. "The increase in erectile function scores with statins was approximately one-third to one-half of what has been reported with drugs like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra," said an author.
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A friend of mine takes a statin medication each day to lower his cholesterol. More than once I’ve heard him say “I ate too much! I’m going to have to take an extra pill.” Never mind that it doesn’t work that way — a single additional statin pill won’t make much difference to his cholesterol or his health. And never mind that you shouldn’t self-adjust the dose of your medications (talk to your doctor before making any changes in medication dosing). But my friend’s overindulging does bring up the question of whether starting medications for conditions like high blood pres...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Exercise and Fitness Health Healthy Eating Heart Health Hypertension and Stroke Source Type: blogs
Authors: Xu RX, Wu YJ Abstract Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It is well known that dyslipidemia is a major pathogenic risk factor for atherosclerosis and CAD, which results in cardiac ischemic injury and myocardial infarction. Lipid-modifying drugs can effectively improve lipid abnormalities including reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides (TG) or increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and eventually decrease the incidence of cardiovascular events. This chapter will review basic principles of lipid metabolism and focu...
Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
Authors: Jia S, Liu Y, Yuan J Abstract In this chapter, we focus on evidences in current guidelines for treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). In Part 1, diet and lifestyle management is discussed, which plays an important role in CAD risk control, including forming healthy dietary pattern, maintaining proper body weight, physical exercise, smoking cessation, and so on. Part 2 elaborated on revascularization strategies and medical treatments in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), including specific AHA and ESC guidelines on ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST elevation ACS...
Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: A Statin and RASI combination therapy significantly reduced the cumulative incidence of MACEs compared with a monotherapy of these drugs. Moreover, the combination therapy showed a reduced all-cause death rate compared with statin monotherapy, and a decreased repeat revascularization rate compared with RASI monotherapy. PMID: 32207841 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Cardiology Journal - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiol J Source Type: research
Authors: Haraguchi Y, Sakakura K, Yamamoto K, Taniguchi Y, Tsukui T, Seguchi M, Wada H, Momomura SI, Fujita H Abstract Objective Although the importance of evidence-based optimal medical therapy (OMT) after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has been recognized, the prescription rate of OMT is not sufficiently high in real-word clinical settings. The purpose of this study was to identify the clinical characteristics of AMI patients who did not receive OMT. Methods The present study was a retrospective study. OMT was defined as the combination of antiplatelet therapy, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors/an...
Source: Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Intern Med Source Type: research
gen J Abstract BACKGROUND: Secondary prophylactic drugs are important for avoiding further cardiovascular events after myocardial infarction. We have examined whether patients collect these drugs from pharmacies and whether there are differences in survival between those who collect versus do not collect the drugs. MATERIAL AND METHOD: All patients
Source: Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen Source Type: research
Abstract In end-stage renal disease patients the leading causes of mortality are of cardiovascular origin. The underlying mechanisms are complex, given that sudden heart failure is more common than acute myocardial infarction. Notwithstanding, a contributing role of oxidative stress is postulated, which is increased even at early stages of chronic kidney disease, is gradually augmented in parallel to its progression to end-stage renal disease and is further accelerated by renal replacement therapies. Oxidative stress ensues when there is an imbalance between reactive pro-oxidants and physiologically occurring, ele...
Source: Current Vascular Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Curr Vasc Pharmacol Source Type: research
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD Healthcare today, in the broadest sense, is not a benevolent giant that wraps its powerful arms around the sick and vulnerable. It is a world of opposing forces such as Government public health ambitions and more or less unfettered market ambitions by hospitals and downright profiteering by some of the middlemen who stand between doctors and patients, such as insurers, Pharmacy Benefits Managers, EMR vendors and other technology companies. Within healthcare there is also a growing, more or less money-focused sector of paramedicine, promoting “alternative” belief systems, some of which...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Healthcare system Source Type: blogs
Studies examining the effects of statins after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) excluded frail older adults, especially nursing home (NH) residents, and few examined functional outcomes. Older NH residents may benefit less from statins and be particularly susceptible to adverse drug events like myopathy-related functional decline. We evaluated the effects of statins on 1-year functional decline, rehospitalization, and death in NH residents.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Original Study Source Type: research
In conclusion, the recently demonstrated protective effects of NMN treatment on neurovascular function can be attributed to multifaceted sirtuin-mediated anti-aging changes in the neurovascular transcriptome. Our present findings taken together with the results of recent studies using mitochondria-targeted interventions suggest that mitochondrial rejuvenation is a critical mechanism to restore neurovascular health and improve cerebral blood flow in aging. Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling as a Point of Intervention to Spur Greater Neural Regeneration https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/02/wnt-%ce%b2-catenin-sig...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
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