The conclusion that erectile dysfunction is an indicator of increased cardiovascular risk, regardless of other risk factors that a man may have such as high cholesterol, hypertension or smoking, confirms a new American scientific research.
The researchers, led by Associate Professor Michael Blaha of the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore Medical School who published the publication in the American Circulation Cardiovascular Journal, studied more than 1,900 men aged 60 to 78 years at depth of four years.
It was found that those who reported erectile dysfunction had an average of more than twice as likely to experience heart attack, cardiac arrest, sudden cardiac death and stroke (lethal or non-fatal). 6.3% of men with erectile dysfunction had such a cardiovascular event, compared with only 2.6% among men who did not have such a problem.
Scientists have said that erectile dysfunction is an important sign that can guide cardiologists to assess cardiovascular risk in middle-aged people. Last year, Britain officially incorporated erectile dysfunction into the algorithm used by British doctors to assess the cardiovascular risk of a man over a decade.
Erectile dysfunction is considered to be the inability of a man to succeed or maintain an erection so that he has a satisfactory sexual intercourse, which happens to almost 20% of men over 20 years of age, according to the study.
Cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction have several common risk factors, such as obesity, hypertension, smoking, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
“Our findings reveal that erectile dysfunction is by itself a powerful predictor of cardiovascular risk,” said Blaha. As he said, if a man seeks treatment for erectile dysfunction, then he or she should also be examined by a cardiologist.