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Latest News from the ISSM - July 26, 2013 Member Login
ED Often Precedes Cardiovascular Events

Men may develop erectile dysfunction (ED) two to five years before experiencing a cardiovascular event, according to a report in the July issue of Sexual Medicine Reviews.

The literature review was conducted by Dr. Graham Jackson, a consultant cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital, London and BMI Shirley Oaks in Croydon, Surrey, UK.

The connection between ED and coronary artery disease (CAD) may be explained by the artery size hypothesis. Because penile arteries are smaller and have more surface area than other arteries, they are often among the first to be blocked by CAD. This can happen years before CAD symptoms are evident.

Research has shown that many men with CAD have problems with erections. In one study cited by Dr. Jackson, almost half of the 300 participants with CAD also had ED. Sixty-seven percent of those men with ED developed that condition before they developed CAD.

ED is an "especially powerful predictor" of cardiovascular problems in men between the ages of 30 and 60.  For those over 70, the connection between ED and CAD is not as strong.

Men with ED are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, and all-cause mortality. 

"ED should therefore be incorporated into routine clinical practice as a diagnosis needing treatment as well as a diagnosis that could trigger an aggressive CVD risk reduction strategy," Dr. Jackson wrote.

Please click here for more details on this review.

ESSM School of Sexual Medicine to be Held in Budapest

ISSM members are invited to apply for a 10-day residential course on sexual medicine to be held this October in Budapest, Hungary.

The ESSM School of Sexual Medicine runs from October 11 to October 20 at the Best Western Hotel in Budapest.

The academic program will include the following:

• sexual development
• psychology and physiology of sexual desire, arousal and response
• impact of gender on sexuality
• ageing and sexuality
• sexual dysfunctions in men and women
• problematic sexual behaviour
• gender identity disorders
• impact of medical treatments and other health problems on sexuality
• clinical skills in Sexual Medicine
• clinical management of sexual disorders
• genital dermatology
• ethical and legal aspects of Sexual Medicine
• standards of care in Sexual Medicine

To see the detailed program, please click here.

The number of participants in each year of the Sexual Medicine Program is limited, so early application is advised. The program is designed for professionals with postgraduate experience in any relevant clinical specialism who are interested in sexual medicine.

The ISSM is offering 10 scholarships to members working in countries that are considered low income or are experiencing financial hardship.  The scholarship covers the 1900 euro registration fee, which includes tuition, meals, and accommodations.

The application deadline for both attendance and scholarships is August 15, 2013.  Please click here for more information, requirements, and links to relevant forms.

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