The study evaluated more than 4,000 men, comparing the risk of erectile dysfunction in men with and without cardiovascular disease. They found the presence of cardiovascular disease was strongly associated with erectile dysfunction.
"Among men without diagnosed cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol were more common among those who had erectile dysfunction," lead investigator Dr. Steven Grover says in a news release.
"This suggests that the men who have erectile dysfunction and have not had other symptoms of cardiovascular disease may be at increased risk for symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Accordingly, a complete diagnostic evaluation of erectile dysfunction should include screening for cardiovascular risk factors," Grover says.
The findings were presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Chicago.
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