Increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease for men with erectile dysfunction and low testosterone
Nearly 1700 men attending an andrology clinic for erectile dysfunction were monitored for an average of 4.3 years to find out whether those with low testosterone levels were more likely to suffer a major cardiovascular disease event, such as a heart attack or stroke.
There is increasing evidence that erectile dysfunction may be a warning sign of a number of disease conditions, such as high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, depression and coronary heart disease.
- This study is important as it is the first to show that low testosterone increases the risk of men with erectile dysfunction dying from cardiovascular events
- Low testosterone is often a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction
- Seeking advice or treatment for symptoms of erectile dysfunction gives an opportunity for both the patient and his doctor, as a check-up may uncover other health issues that would benefit from early treatment or lifestyle changes
- It is known that testosterone therapy benefits sexual function and improves the effectiveness of common treatments for erectile dysfunction in men with low testosterone
- Testosterone therapy may also have benefits in preventing or slowing the development of atherosclerosis
- Screening for low testosterone may also be a worthwhile way of discovering those men most at risk from heart disease
- However, more study is needed to find out if testosterone therapy can help prevent unnecessary deaths from cardiovascular disease in men with erectile dysfunction.