Erectile dysfunction increases mortality risk

MEN with erectile dysfunction (ED) have an increased risk of mortality from any cause and are more likely to be hospitalised with cardiovascular disease, Australian research shows.

Data from nearly 87,000 NSW men in the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up prospective cohort study, suggested ED was a “sentinel symptom” of cardiovascular disease, lead researcher Professor Emily Banks said.

“We’ve known ED indicates CVD risk, but this is a study larger than any other done, and shows that with this gradation of ED there is increasing risk of CVD,” Professor Banks said.

Professor Banks, who is head of chronic disease epidemiology at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU, said participant ED was ranked as none, mild, moderate or severe depending on the reported frequency of failure to achieve an erection, and this data was linked to information on hospital admissions and deaths.

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