Erectile Dysfunction, An Early Sign of Heart Disease?
Posted Sun Jan 01, 2006 09:57 PM
Many people are aware that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer in the United States. What you may not know is erectile dysfunction (ED) is also a leading killer.
Men who might be ashamed to discuss ED with their physicians should know it might very well be a big warning sign of silent heart disease. New research in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association provides a wake-up call to doctors and patients dealing with the problem of male erectile dysfunction.
The condition may be, in many men, the first sign of life-threatening cardiovascular conditions.
"There is plaque build up in any of those systems in the legs or in the arteries that supply blood to the head, the carotid arteries or in the heart itself and a lot of the things that cause heart disease or lead to heart disease also lead to erectile dysfunction,” said Dr. Richard Hayes, a cardiologist and NYU Medical Center.
The latest data followed men age 55 and older over seven years. They were assessed for both erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke.
Some 57 percent out of more than 4,000 studied reported first onset of erectile dysfunction within five years. This new onset erectile dysfunction was associated with a 25 percent increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, angina, or mini-strokes, compared to men with no erectile dysfunction.
In men who already had ED at the onset of the study, the risk for cardiovascular disease was 45 percent greater than those with no ED. The worse the ED, the greater the risk for having a heart attack or stroke.
Men who suffer from ED should not be silent about their problem and their complaints should prompt doctors to further investigate cardiovascular disease or risk factors like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
"They talked about it being common in men over forty. I think we should be talking about it to almost every man,” said Dr. Hayes.
Around 40 percent of men at age 40 have some degree of erectile dysfunction. That number rises to 70 percent in men at age 70.
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Does anybody have any other helpful advice to help me 'get it up'? Also does the plaque build up decrease with better health?