Can’t get it up? That may be the least of your worries, according to new research.
Men with erectile dysfunction are twice as likely to experience cardiac arrests, cardiac death, cardiac arrests or non-fatal strokes than men who without ED, according to a new study published in American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
“Our results reveal that erectile dysfunction is, in and of itself, a potent predictor of cardiovascular risk,” Michael Blaha, professor of medicine at John Hopkins School of Medicine and co-author of the study, writes in a press release.
“Our findings suggest that clinicians should perform further targeted screening in men with erectile dysfunction, regardless of other cardiac risk factors and should consider managing any other risk factors — such as high blood pressure or cholesterol — that much more aggressively.”
Researchers followed 1,900 men between 60 to 78-years-old for over four years. In total, the group racked up 115 heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrests.
6.3 percent of the men who suffered from those events had erectile dysfunction, researchers found.
Erectile dysfunction — a condition where men are unable to maintain an erection during sex — affects 20 percent of men over 20 years old.
The study also notes that erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease share risk factors like obesity, smoking and diabetes.
“The onset of ED should prompt men to seek comprehensive cardiovascular risk evaluation from a preventive cardiologist,” Blaha says. “It is incredible how many men avoid the doctor and ignore early signs of cardiovascular disease, but present for the first time with a chief complaint of ED.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to identify otherwise undetected high-risk cases,” he adds.
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