Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressively debilitating, muscle-wasting disease.

But a new study is exploring whether a popular pill can help slow the damage.

Muscular Dystrophy leads to progressive weakness of muscles, including breathing and heart muscles. A doctor in Baltimore is heading up a study on whether Viagra could help. The drug inhibits muscle breakdown, which could help improve the heart’s “squeeze.”

Neurologist, Kathryn Wagner, M.D., Ph.D. says, “The actual drug does work on the heart and there’s a lot of data that suggests that not only does it improve heart function, but it actually may remodel the heart, so that you, you get a better heart. If it had the additional benefit of having some improvement in their skeletal muscle, then it’s a homerun.”

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