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Erectile, Depression Issues Common in Heart Disease

In sample with CAD, most had erectile dysfunction, many also had depressive symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Erectile dysfunction (ED) and symptoms of depression are both common in men with coronary artery disease (CAD), according to research published in the January issue of Urology.

Baruch Mulat, of Tel-Aviv University in Israel, and colleagues analyzed data from 242 men, with a mean age of 63.7 years, who had CAD documented by coronary angiography. Subjects responded to the sexual health inventory for men, which assesses for ED, and the mental health inventory 5, which detects depression.

The researchers found that most men (76 percent) had at least some degree of ED, and nearly half (47.9 percent) had depressive symptoms. A substantial proportion (38.8 percent) had both. ED was associated with age and depressive symptoms, and scores on the sexual health and mental health tools were positively correlated.

"ED and depressive symptoms are highly prevalent in men with CAD. ED in men with CAD might be associated with depressive symptoms. We believe addressing one may affect the other. Hence, we seek to raise physician's awareness to both conditions in men with CAD. Moreover, we believe that there is a place for an interventional study in which the severity of ED and depressive symptoms will be studied prospectively after different treatments to establish an evidence-based approach algorithm for these problems," the authors conclude.

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