If you have symptoms of erectile dysfunction, it may be better to control the health of your heart. This is the main finding of a new study that indicates that erectile dysfunction can be an early sign of heart disease.
A man who suffers a heart attack
For men, erectile dysfunction can be an indicator of heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, but the risk factors and symptoms vary for both sexes.
For example, it is known that risk factors such as contraceptive pills, emotional stress, hormonal changes and depression are more pronounced in women than in men.
For men, many of the most common risk factors for heart disease – such as high blood pressure, obesity and metabolic syndrome factors, and smoking – are the same as the risk of erectile dysfunction factors, a condition that It affects up to 25 percent of all men under 40.
Despite these common characteristics, erectile dysfunction has never been studied as an independent risk factor for heart disease in men.
But now, the researchers began, led by Dr. Michael Blaha – associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD – to fill this gap in research by investigating the relationship between dysfunction erectile and heart health in more than 1,900 men More than 4 years.
Their findings were published in the journal Circulation. Erectile weakness predicts heart disease.
Researchers examined data from the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis, which is “a possible multi-site and multi-site cohort study based on the community and” that included 1914 study participants between the ages of 60- 80
In general, the study found that erectile dysfunction puts men in multiple cardiovascular problems, such as the risk of heart attack or stroke, myocardial infarction or sudden cardiac death or a stroke.
This increased risk was independent of other risk factors such as high cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure.
Scientists say their study provides the most reliable evidence to date that erectile dysfunction is a risk factor for heart disease.
More specifically, during the 4-year study period, there were 115 heart attacks, strokes, sudden cardiac arrest, and sudden heart attacks.
Before considering other risk factors, the analysis showed that more than 6% of men suffering from erectile dysfunction suffer from heart problems, while these forms of heart disease only affect 2.6% of men who do not suffer from sexual disorder.