Erectile dysfunction a potent predictor of CVD risk

Diagnosis should prompt a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation

Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and sudden cardiac death, according to a new study that provides the strongest link to date between sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular risk.

The findings highlight the importance of close surveillance of men with ED and more aggressive management of cardiovascular risk factors.

The four-year study, which followed more than 1900 men aged 60-78, found that those who reported ED were twice as likely to experience myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, sudden cardiac death and fatal or non-fatal stroke.

The findings remained regardless of other risk factors such as dyslipidemia, smoking and hypertension.

Writing in the journal Circulation, the US researchers say the results reveal that erectile dysfunction is, in and of itself, a potent predictor of cardiovascular risk.

“Our findings suggest