A number of medical studies have been carried out that link erectile dysfunction and the functioning of the cardiovascular system. In fact, it has been consistently shown that the onset of erectile dysfunction, is a predicting factor for future cardiovascular episodes 3-5 years before these occur. For this reason, a routine cardiovascular risk assessment is recommended to all of patients attending our clinic for erectile dysfunction treatment.
However, a recently published study at the Journal of Sexual Medicine goes a step further. According to the authors men suffering from erectile dysfunction have a 70% increased risk of premature death.
Predictably, this new study has grabbed media attention since as the authors suggest “The present findings have major public health and clinical implications.Therefore, patients with erectile dysfunction should be screened and possibly treated for complications that may increase the risk of premature death.”
At International Andrology we have treated more than 30’000 patients suffering from erectile dysfunction and as part of our treatment plan we always check for underlying conditions affecting our patient’s health. In addition to cardiovascular risks, erectile dysfunction may indicate any of the following:
- Hormonal imbalances such as testosterone deficiency
- Neurological issues
- Prostate issues
- Depression or severe stress
- Penis problems such as Peyronie’s disease
All the above can be initially screened through a consultation with the doctor and simple blood tests. Treating these underlying conditions will not only mean a healthier sexual life, but as this new study suggests a longer life as well.
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