Erectile dysfunction often precedes heart attacks: Cardiologist

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KUALA LUMPUR: Seven out of 10 men admitted to the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) for heart attack suffered erectile dysfunction (ED) earlier, a cardiologist at the hospital said.

Dr Ramesh Singh Veeriah said that a study conducted last year involving 111 sexually active men and admitted to the UMMC for heart attack demonstrated that 75.7% of them had experienced ED.

“The ED was traced in the six months prior to their admission,” he said in a statement here Sunday.

The data, he said was contained in his paper presented at the World Congress of Cardiology (WCC) Scientific Sessions in Beijing, China Friday.

He said a total of 219 men were admitted for heart attack to UMMC’s coronary care unit from April 2008 to February last year and out of these, 192 were screened and only 111 who were sexually active within the last six months were recruited for the assessment of ED.

Dr Ramesh said ED and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) shared many common risk factors and were closely related.

Arteriosclerosis, the root cause of CAD and ED, is a generalised inflammatory disorder that progresses at a similar rate throughout the vasculature of the body.

“Therefore, it is thought that ED should precede CAD since the penile arteries are considerably smaller than the coronary arteries,” he added – Bernama

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