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Erectile Dysfunctions Link With Heart Disease?

Posted: February 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Erectile Dysfunctions Link With Heart Disease?

Erectile Dysfunctions Link With Heart DiseaseNew Australian research has found men suffering even mild erectile dysfunction could have heart disease without knowing it. The Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study is one of the largest on-going studies of healthy ageing in the world.

Doctors who looked at more than 95,000 men found that erectile dysfunction may be a symptom of cardiovascular disease. The study found that men with erectile dysfunction have a higher risk of being admitted to hospital with heart disease, even if they have no history of heart problems.

This is because erectile dysfunction can indicate problems with blood vessels and poor blood flow. The study notes that erectile dysfunction is common, with an estimated 40 per cent of men over 40 experiencing it ::::

The study suggests common causes include medications, chronic illnesses such as diabetes and drinking too much alcohol. The rates of severe erectile dysfunction among participants were:

  • 2.2 per cent for men aged 45–54 years
  • 6.8 per cent for men aged 55–64 years
  • 20.2 per cent for men aged 65–74 years
  • 50.0 per cent for men aged 75–84 years
  • 75.4 per cent for men aged 85 years and over

During the study period, researchers recorded 7,855 hospital admissions related to cardiovascular disease and 2,304 deaths.

Lead researcher Professor Emily Banks says it is the first study to show that even mild erectile dysfunction might be a warning sign of heart disease.

“Even men with relatively minor erectile dysfunction could be on that road to getting cardiovascular disease,” Professor Banks said. “Even in men who had no past history of heart disease, erectile dysfunction still predicted whether or not they went to hospital for heart disease and whether or not they died prematurely. We also found erectile dysfunction was linked to heart diseases beyond those that had originally been established.”

“And those that had already had heart disease were more likely to go to hospital again for another cardiovascular problem, the more severe their erectile dysfunction was.” Professor Banks said. “Men with severe erectile dysfunction were around 60 per cent more likely to go to hospital for coronary heart disease than men with no erection problems and they were twice as likely to die [in the follow up period].”

The Australian Heart Foundation says the results suggest every man suffering from any degree of erectile dysfunction should get a heart check-up from their GP.

“This is the ‘canary in the trousers’ for men across the country – if you have erection issues, it’s a warning that you may also have issues with your heart,” cardiovascular health director Dr Rob Grenfell said.

“I urge any man suffering an erection difficulty to see their doctor to request a heart health check to measure their likelihood for having a heart attack in the next five years.”

source: sax institute

source: 45andup

source: heart foundation

source: abc

source: wikipedia

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