Erectile Dysfunction May Be Risk Factor For Cardiovascular Disease
Erectile dysfunction can be distressing and embarrassing, but it may also be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease. A recent study suggests that erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
For their analysis, researchers from Baptist Health South Florida examined data from 28 studies that examined the association between erectile dysfunction and early cardiovascular disease. They found a significant association between erectile dysfunction and impaired endothelial function. They also found that erectile dysfunction was associated with increased carotid intimal medial thickness, which is an early sign of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
The study was published online ahead of print on December 15, 2017, in the journal Vascular Medicine.
While traditionally thought of as an older man’s affliction, recent research into erectile dysfunction suggests that it may also affect men earlier in life. Some estimates say that 26% of men under 40, and 40% of men in their 40s have suffered from erectile dysfunction. The researchers for this study suggest that young men who are facing persistent erectile dysfunction may want to consider a full cardiovascular workup, even though they would usually appear to be too young to necessitate that type of care.