Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of heart failure

The Impotence Research and Treatment Center warns of the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with erectile dysfunction.

As a prelude, let us remember what a erectile dysfunction, or erectile dysfunction: it is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient to have a satisfactory sexual relationship. Unlike sexual breakdown, the disorder is not even.

If many causes can explain its occurrence, such as obesity or hormone-related disorders, anxiety or depression, arterial damage can also explain it.

Erectile Dysfunction: Heart Failure?

Thus, the Center for Research and Treatment of Impotence (CETI) presented a study to the National Academy of Surgery on Wednesday, January 11. She suggests that erectile dysfunction may be a predictor of serious heart attacks such as myocardial infarction.

To reach this conclusion, they followed 20 patients aged 41 to 68 with erectile dysfunction of vascular origin but without evidence of heart disease. They all underwent a CT scan.

What results?

The vast majority of patients, 90%, presented with parallel damaged coronary arteries. And in case of obstruction by a blood clot, the infarction can occur.

“Din 19 cases out of 20, there was already arterial damage in young subjects, from 40 to 50 years old, and all the more severe as they were young.”surgeon Ronald Virag told France Inter.

Three of the operated patients

How can this potential link be explained? According to the French Federation of Cardiology, “the arteries in the penis and in the heart have an identical function. Erection is a vascular mechanism that involves vasodilatation, which in the case of a disorder causes pain, which can signal a vascular anomaly”.

However, CETI wants to be reassuring. In fact, erectile dysfunction can prevent myocardial infarction and thus prevent death. Cardiological Association adds that it “it has been shown that the loss of erection often precedes the occurrence of an acute cardiovascular accident by 3 to 5 years”.

Prof. Virag concludes: “This study overwhelmingly confirms the predictive factor of patent and latent coronary lesions of erectile dysfunction of arterial origin regardless of their severity. Their early detection allows in the future to hope for a reduction of sudden deaths or severe initial myocardial infarctions.”.

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