The Connection Between Impotency and Heart Disease

Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction are at a risk for heart attacks.

As if erectile dysfunction was not bad enough, now men not only have to worry about their sexual performance, they may have to worry about their life. German researchers have discovered that erectile dysfunction in a man who already has heart problems can lead to heart attack or heart failure, the erectile dysfunction being the predictor for such an unfortunate event.

Researchers have long known the strong link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease, however, this study published in the journal Circulation gives significant credence to the risk of a major heart attack and heart failure doubling.

The study was conducted with participants in 13 different countries. Of the 1,519 men studied the researchers found that the men who had heart issues and also suffered from erectile dysfunction were:

· 1.9 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than other patients with heart disease alone;

· twice as likely to have a heart attack;

· 1.2 times higher risk for hospitalization for heart failure

· 1.1 times more likely to have a stroke.

There were 11. 3 percent of men who died from various conditions during the 5-year-study, 5.7 had severe erectile dysfunction. The other men reported having mild or no erectile dysfunction at all.

The study showed that 55 percent of the men in the study with heart conditions also had erectile dysfunction and that is 30 percent higher than in the general population.

The study leader, Dr. Michael Bohm, reports that atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) can show up much faster in the penis than other areas because penal blood vessels are much smaller.

Bohm, who happens to be the chairman of internal medicine in the Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care at the University of Saarland, Germany states that that erectile dysfunction may be an early symptom of atherosclerosis.

It now becomes crucial that men suffering from erectile dysfunction should not be automatically handed out a prescription of viagara or cialis without going through the various tests for cardiovascular disease.

Oftentimes men will get the prescription, but never return for their cardiovascular tests. These men are at risk and doctors are advised to do the testing before handing out the prescriptions.

The older the man in question the more chance of having high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and lower urinary tract surgery than men who do not suffer from erectile dysfunction.

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