According to the latest study, erectile dysfunction can be linked to the. That means your penis might tell you something about a dangerous heart problem.
Senior investigator Michael Blaha and his fellow cardiologist co-authors have said that developing erectile dysfunction (ED) can be linked to a deadly cardiovascular disease.
- What is erectile dysfunction?
The erectile dysfunction is also known as impotence, it’s a type of sexual dysfunction, which characterized by the inability to maintain or develop an erection of the penis during sexual activity.
- How erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease are associated with each other?
The researchers’ four-year of the study concluded that men with impotence which is vascular-related instead of emotional, are twice as likely to develop a stroke, heart attack or. This can happen in absence of other heart risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a history of smoking.
“Our results reveal that erectile dysfunction is, in and of itself, a potent predictor of cardiovascular risk,” study author Dr. Michael Blaha said, “The magnitude of the effect was surprising to me.”
Several previous studies have already proven that impotence and heart disease may develop through similar physiological processes which occur in people with high blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, smoking, hypertension, and obesity. However, the presence of impotence was not directly linked to wider health implications yet until now.
Blaha said that doctors should perform targeted cardiovascular screenings in men who report erectile dysfunction, he also added that the predisposing factors for stroke and heart attack should be managed more aggressively in male patients who report ED as compared to the current standard.
Mild to moderate erectile dysfunction affects 10 percent of males every decade of life, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Public Health. The link between ED and heart disease appears to be “a two-way street,” Blaha said.