Why can erectile dysfunction increase the risk of heart disease?

Why can erectile dysfunction increase the risk of heart disease?

In addition to seeing a urologist for erectile dysfunction (ED), men should also make an appointment with a cardiologist. That is the conclusion of a four-year study published in the medical journal Circulation, which found that men experiencing vascular impotence are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or sudden cardiac death.

The study tracked the heart health of almost 1,900 men, aged 60 to 78, with and without vascular ED. Erectile dysfunction can sometimes be related to emotional problems such as anxiety or other psychological concerns. However, if men experience impotence related to vascular problems, it may be a sign of subclinical cardiovascular dysfunction. Vascular ED is the result of arterial blockage and insufficient blood flow.