In the 2010 movie "Little Fockers," Jessica Alba plays a pharmaceutical sales rep who's selling an erectile dysfunction drug called Sustengo.
After Robert De Niro's character Jack Focker has a heart attack, he tries the magic pill, worried that the heart meds he received at the hospital were making it difficult for him to sustain an erection.
Funny movie, but bad science. A study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology reveals that when guys (mean age 61) with heart disease experience sexual dysfunction, they shouldn't blame it on statins or specific antihypertensive medications they're taking.
The incidence of ED is virtually the same whether or not guys take a statin, those high blood pressure meds, or a placebo.
In fact, for some, statins can improve sexual function. And Harvard researchers say blood pressure drugs — alpha-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and angiotensin-receptor blockers — rarely cause ED.
According to a 2003 study, when participants were told high blood pressure meds had sexual side effects, 33 percent developed them. When participants were NOT told, only 3 percent did!
So guys, abandoning life-saving heart medications won't revive your love life. All you'll end up with is a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and more-severe ED.
Instead, talk with your doctor about medical treatments and increasing your physical activity; manage stress; cuddle your honey; and eliminate sat and trans fats, added sugars, and syrups and highly processed foods from your diet.
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