Erectile Dysfunction Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Events
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, smoking, alcohol consumption and certain medications. According to a new study, erectile dysfunction may also be associated with an increased risk of future cardiovascular events.
The researchers looked at data from 25 studies that included 154,794 participants. All the studies evaluated the association between erectile dysfunction and the risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, and all-cause mortality.
The researchers found that men with erectile dysfunction had a 43% increased risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to men without erectile dysfunction. They also had a 59% higher risk of coronary heart disease or atherosclerosis, a 34% higher risk of stroke and a 33% higher risk of dying from any cause. Men with erectile dysfunction over the age of 55, who had diabetes, or who smoked all had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University. It was published online ahead of print on May 16, 2019 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.