Men with erectile dysfunction 'should always be seen as at risk of cardiovascular event'

31 August 2012

Physicians should take sexual function into account when evaluating the cardiovascular risk for all men, scientists have said.

A report by the Princeton Consensus (Expert Panel) Conference stipulated that assessment of sexual function should always be taken into account, regardless of the presence or absence of known cardiovascular disease.

The scientists underlined that erectile dysfunction is a serious factor for men under the age of 55 when it comes to future cardiac morbidity or mortality for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

It was noted that in some individuals, the gap between the onset of erectile dysfunction and a cardiovascular event could be as little as two to five years.

Dr Ajay Nehra commented: “Any man with ED should be considered at a substantially higher increase cardiovascular risk until further testing can be done.

“Erectile dysfunction often occurs in the presence of silent, non-symptomatic cardiovascular disease; and hence this is an opportunity for cardiovascular risk reduction.”

Posted by Edward Bartel

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