A study released today (January 30) by the Sax Institute in NSW has found that men with erectile dysfunction – even those with minor difficulties – could be at higher risk of heart disease and have an increased risk of premature death from any cause.
The study, led by Professor Emily Banks, saw 95,000 Australian males participate in the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study – and is the "world's largest look" at the link between heart disease and erectile dysfunction.
"The risks of future heart disease and premature death increased steadily with severity of erectile dysfunction, both in men with and without a history of cardiovascular disease," Professor Banks said.
"Rather than causing heart disease, erectile dysfunction is more likely to be a symptom or signal of underlying ‘silent’ heart disease and could in future become a useful marker to help doctors predict the risk of a cardiovascular problem."
Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Health director Dr Rob Grenfell said that these results indicated that every man suffering from "any degree" of erectile dysfunction should seek medical assistance as early as possible, insisting on a heart health check by their GP also.
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