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Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Linked to Heart Disease - Impotence and Blood Pressure and Diabetes

January 24th 2006

Erectile Dysfunction (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 cardiovascular prognosis".


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 disease.    

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