Erroneous disorders Indicates increased risk of stroke and heart attack

When men suffer from erectile dysfunction, it may indicate that a heart attack is imminent. Affected males have a greatly increased risk of coronary heart disease and strokes.

Nanchang University's recent research has found that erectile dysfunction may indicate an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The results of the study were published in the English journal "Journal of Sexual Medicine".

Old man holds his chest because of a heart attack
Erectile dysfunction can indicate life-threatening heart disease long before it occurs. (Image: sebra /

Risk of coronary heart disease increased by 59 percent

Men with erectile dysfunction have a 59 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease and a 34 percent higher risk of stroke. The new study, which analyzed the data of more than 150,000 men, now found that impotence could be one of the first predictors of a male heart attack risk. Indeed, erectile dysfunction can develop years before men have other signs or symptoms of cardiovascular problems, the researchers report. In many cases, erectile dysfunction could be the first warning sign of underlying cardiovascular disease.

Plaque formation in the arteries favors erectile dysfunction

Heart disease and erectile dysfunction are often triggered by plaque formation in the arteries, known as atherosclerosis. Since the penile arteries are narrower than those of the heart, erectile dysfunction may already indicate problems even before the first signs of cardiovascular disease can be detected, the researchers report.

Find a doctor for erectile dysfunction

If erectile dysfunction is a repetitive pattern, affected men should pay particular attention to potential heart disease. Erectile dysfunction also strongly correlates with depression, which can also be a risk factor for heart disease. Especially people with mental health problems may also be reluctant to seek help for erectile dysfunction, according to the research group. The researchers urge both urologists and cardiologists to review the sexual health of a male patient during routine screening to predict their risk of heart disease. Men with erectile dysfunction may want to stop smoking, eat healthy food, exercise, and maintain or maintain a healthy body weight. (As)


  • Binghao Zhao, Zhengdong Hong, Yiping Wei, Dongliang Yu, Jianjun Xu, Wenxiong Zhang: Erectile Dysfunction Predicts Cardiovascular Events as an Independent Risk Factor: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Journal of Sexual Medicine (Inquiry: 12.09.2019), Journal of Sexual Medicine

Important NOTE:
This article contains only general information and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.

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