News Wednesday August 8, 2012

Climb mountains with Viagra

It might be best known as a medication that can treat erectile dysfunction, but it seems that Viagra could actually help men to climb mountains too.

It is already known that the impotence treatment which is colloquially known as 'the little blue pill' can help to open up blood vessels in the body. But this effect not only makes it easier for men to gain an erection – it can also expand the blood vessels in their lungs.

With this in mind, the explorer David Hempleman-Adams and his team, who are currently climbing Mount Everest, are experimenting with Viagra in the hope it will allow them to take in more oxygen at a higher altitude. The doctor accompanying the team hopes the drug will help them to reach the mountain's 29,035 summit.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Hempleman-Adams said his team had been slightly concerned about the arousing effects of Viagra.

"We are a lot of alpha males and we are worried about what will happen," he said, "but the doctor has assured us that as long as we are not having any sexual thoughts there shouldn't be a problem."

"And those kind of thoughts won't exactly be top of our list when we are at 28,000ft."

Viagra has already been used to treat lung illnesses in hospital patients. This includes the rare illness pulmonary hypertension which causes abnormally high blood pressure in the lungs. Viagra has been officially licensed as a treatment for pulmonary hypertension.

Viagra has also been touted as a treatment for jet lag by some medical experts.

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