Erectile Dysfunction Possibly Linked to Heart Disease


Dr. Alan Sadah pic
Dr. Alan Sadah

As a urologist with Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology, Dr. Alan Sadah is also on staff at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Kindred Hospital, St. Alexius Medical Center, Westlake Hospital, and West Suburban Hospital Medical Center. In his urology practice, Dr. Alan Sadah has treated many patients with erectile dysfunction (ED).

According to a study recently published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, men who experience ED have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This finding stems from the evaluation of more than 1,900 men between the ages of 60 and 78.

The research team, led by Dr. Michael Blaha of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, followed this group of men for four years. The research team conducted an exhaustive comparison involving major known risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and a history of smoking.

Even adjusting for these factors, the researchers found that men who reported ED had twice the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac deaths as men without ED. The research team believes that this finding should serve as a motivator for physicians to incorporate erectile patterns in evaluating cardiac risk and for men undergoing treatment for ED to undergo a full cardiovascular evaluation.


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