Erectile Dysfunction (ED) May Be an Early Precursor to Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Attack, and Stroke.
With regular fiasco in bed, men should undergo a comprehensive examination by a cardiologist.
These are the results of a study published in the journal Vascular Medicine.
According to American scientists, men with erectile dysfunction (ED) usually have other early markers of cardiovascular disease..
Recall that ED is defined as the inability to achieve and maintain an erection for a full sexual intercourse. According to rough estimates, 1 out of 10 men on the planet have problems with potency; after 75 years - in 3 out of 4 men.
• ED affects about 50% of all men with diabetes
• A pack of cigarettes per day doubles the risk of sexual problems
• More than 20 million people regularly take Viagra
• Impotence is considered the cause of 20% of all divorces in the world
• Only 30% of men with erectile dysfunction seek help
• In 15% of cases, the cause of ED is psychological
It is not surprising that ED negatively affects the psycho-emotional state of men: low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Insolvency in bed is usually accompanied by a catastrophic decline in the quality of life.
But doctors are increasingly considering potency as an indicator of vascular health.
Studies say men with erectile dysfunction are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). By this umbrella term, scientists mean any pathology that affects the coronary arteries..
True, until recently, the relationship between erectile dysfunction and subclinical forms of CVD - which are not accompanied by characteristic symptoms - was unclear. “In particular, it was not clear which subclinical CVD markers are more or less associated with erectile dysfunction,” writes Chukwuemeka Osondu, cardiologist at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami Dade County, USA.
Dr. Ozondu's group performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of 28 studies that examined the relationship between erectile dysfunction and early symptoms of heart disease..
The main discovery is that sexual problems in men often indicate a poor condition of the endothelium (inner lining) of the vessels. This is the first sign of atherosclerosis. In addition, the researchers found that ED is associated with an increase in the average thickness of carotid intima, which is also an early marker of atherosclerosis..
“Our results remained unchanged, even after inclusion in the analysis of age, research methodology, methods for assessing ED and the publication period,” the authors say.
In other words, the vessels suffer first. Problems in sexual life can signal early changes in the blood arteries, which in a few years or tomorrow will manifest themselves as a heart attack, stroke, or other serious complications.
Erectile dysfunction is a risk of heart attack and a serious reason to consult a doctor for examination.