Despite the active use and phenomenal success of the new drug in the field of normalization of sexual life, scientists are not in a hurry to abandon further research. For the first time, the possibility of another use of sildenafil was discussed in the 2000s, and since 2005 it has been used to combat pulmonary hypertension in adults.
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a condition in which the pressure in the small circle of blood circulation increases. Without treatment, this can lead to overload of the right parts of the heart muscle and the development of heart failure.
Pulmonary hypertension is quite common in adults, but it is in children that it is most often fatal. LH in infants in 90% of cases is a consequence of congenital malformations and abnormalities of the development of the heart muscle.
In fact, the use of blue pills in pediatric practice is still a controversial issue. A group of researchers from the UK has long considered the possibility of using sildenafil to combat pulmonary hypertension. With an average duration of treatment of 4-12 months, the mortality rate of these babies was 5-30%. The researchers concluded that it is necessary to study in as much detail as possible whether sildenafil is actually able to positively affect the prognosis of life in children with LH, so that additional tests are required to clarify dosages.
In 2011, a little girl named Victoria Dooley was born in new York with a rather rare pathology: one half of her tiny heart did not function at all. The only drug that significantly improved the quality of life of the child was sildenafil.
Dr. Yong Chun, of NYU Langone medical center, says the drug helps relax blood vessels, allowing blood to flow into the lungs and providing normal oxygen levels. The parents of little Victoria were unspeakably surprised by the prescribed treatment, because blue pills are known for very different effects. But in the end, they recognized that such therapy is really effective. However, later the girl will still need a heart transplant: even Viagra is not able to create a miracle.