Erectile dysfunction indicator of heart problems
Men with erectile dysfunction of any degree (mild, moderate or severe) had a higher risk of hospitalization for heart failure than those who did not have erectile dysfunction.

During the course of the study it was found that men who had no history of heart disease, those with moderate erectile dysfunction (ED) were 23 percent more likely to be hospitalized for a cardiovascular problem such as a heart attack than those who did not have erectile dysfunction. And those who suffered severe erectile dysfunction were 35 percent more likely to be hospitalized for cardiovascular problems than those without ED.

Men who at baseline already had heart problems and severe erectile dysfunction were 64 percent more likely to be hospitalized for a heart condition during the study period than men without erectile dysfunction and heart problems.

Patients presenting with a severe degree of erectile dysfunction were twice as likely to die during the study period than men without erectile dysfunction, according to researchers.

The results held even after the researchers took into account factors that may increase the risk of heart problems, such as age, smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity.

The findings are consistent with previous studies that have linked erectile dysfunction with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. But this study is one of the first to investigate whether the risk of heart problems is proportional to the severity of erectile dysfunction.

The findings suggest that ED may be a marker to identify an underlying cardiac pathology. It is hypothesized that atherosclerosis is manifested first in the smallest blood vessels, such as those that supply the penis, according to researchers.

When a man goes to the doctor for erectile dysfunction problem, it might be time to evaluate the presence of other health problems. Urologists should encourage men with moderate or severe erectile dysfunction to visit their family doctor or cardiologist to detect early, possible cardiac pathologies.

REFERENCE

Emily Banks mail, Grace Joshy, Walter P. Abhayaratna, Leonard Kritharides, Peter S. Macdonald, Rosemary J. Korda, John P. Chalmers (2013) Erectile Dysfunction Severity as a Risk Marker for Cardiovascular Disease Hospitalisation and All-Cause Mortality: A Prospective Cohort Study. PLOS Medicine.  Leer este artículo Online.


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