Erectile dysfunction can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. This conclusion was made by Australian researchers.
They tracked the health data of 95,000 men aged about 45 and older.
In their study, the researchers found that men with mild erectile dysfunction (ED) had a 23% greater risk of being hospitalized for heart problems, such as a heart attack. In the presence of severe erectile dysfunction, this percentage was 35.
The study lasted two years and took into account factors such as smoking, alcohol use, obesity, and a family history of cardiovascular disease.
The research team explains that one hypothesis for a link between the severity of erectile problems and heart health is that atherosclerosis may first occur in smaller blood vessels, such as those in the penis.
Atherosclerosis is the formation of plaques in the arteries that restrict blood flow and are accompanied by changes in the middle vascular layer of the arterial wall.
The results of the study were published in the journal PLoS Medicine.
Erectile dysfunction occurs in more than half of men between the ages of 40 and 70, but it can also affect younger men.
It is expressed in the inability to achieve or maintain an erection in order to be able to have successful sexual intercourse. A problem occurs when the condition has been observed continuously for more than three months