Study: ED is a "Potent Predictor of Cardiovascular Risk"
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Older men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are at greater cardiovascular risk than men without ED, according to a recent Circulation study.
The risk is higher even when factors like cholesterol levels, smoking, and high blood pressure are accounted for.
Researchers followed over 1,700 men (average age 69) for an average of four years, documenting the occurrence of cardiovascular events.
Men with ED had over twice as many "hard" events related to coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) than men with normal erectile function. And ED was still a significant predictor of hard events after other factors (e.g., age, cholesterol levels, smoking status, diabetes, medications, and family history of coronary artery disease) were considered.
"Our results reveal that erectile dysfunction is, in and of itself, a potent predictor of cardiovascular risk,” said senior investigator Michael Blaha, MD, MPH in a press release.
The authors recommended that clinicians evaluate the cardiovascular health of their ED patients.
Learn more about the study here.
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