(ED) Linked to Heart Disease - Impotence and Blood Pressure and Diabetes
According to three new research studies, men with erectile dysfunction
(ED) are more likely to have heart disease than their counterparts.
Studies in the US and Canada have found that men with ED are more likely
to have diabetes and high blood pressure.
The studies took place at the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA), the University Of Chicago Medical Center, and the Montreal
General Hospital and McGill University in Quebec Canada. Best
Syndication has published previous articles concerning studies that
establish Viagra as a treatment for heart failure and heart disease.
See our special Heart and Lung section for those stories.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) one
in five American men suffer from ED, and older men are more likely to
experience ED. UCLA researchers found that the more severe the ED, the
more sever the heart disease. This study looked at 2,126 men over the
age of 20. The men were questioned about their sexual function and
underwent a physical examination.
The press release from the University of Chicago Medical Center states:
“In this study, ED was a stronger predictor of significant coronary
heart disease than any of the traditional office-based risk factors,
such as family history, cholesterol levels or blood pressure. ED was
also associated with reduced exercise endurance and decreased ejection
fraction -- a measure of the heart's pumping capacity.”
The Chicago researchers looked at 221 men with an average age of 58.6
years who were referred for nuclear stress testing. This is a non
invasive diagnostic test for evolution of heart disease. The men were
screened for ED. The researchers compared the data.
Of the 221 men, 121 (54.8%) reported ED. They found that "the presence
of ED is common and is a strong predictor of clinically significant
coronary heart disease and established markers of an adverse
In Canada researchers found that “about half” of the men visiting
primary care physicians, report having ED. They believe it is linked to
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, future heart disease risk and
increased fasting blood sugar levels.
Dr. Steven A. Grover of the Montreal General Hospital and McGill
University, interviewed 3,921 men between the ages of 40 and 88. They
found that 49.4% of the men reported ED during the previous four weeks
or were taking medication for ED. These men were likely to have heart
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