There's more to ED drugs than bedroom bliss

Erectile dysfunction drugs can be safely used after a heart attack, according to new research that puts to rest the idea they they should be avoided post-myocardial infarction.

In fact, the study of almost 45,000 men shows that those who took phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors had a 33% reduced risk of dying within a few years, compared with men who didn’t take these drugs.

The Swedish researchers also report that men taking PDE5 inhibitors showed a 40% reduction in risk of hospitalisation for heart failure and significantly fewer major adverse cardiovascular events overall.

No such associations were found with the erectile dysfunction drug alprostadil (also known as prostaglandin E1), say the authors who will be presenting their findings at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in Washington this week.

“Incident ED [erectile dysfunction] after a first MI was associated