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Impotence And Heart Disease

IMPOTENCE, or erectile dysfunction, may indicate that a man is at increased risk for heart disease. US researchers have said.

I Arterial disease is a common cause of impotence, and where impotence is in fact due to arterial problems, physicians should also screen patients for coronary artery disease, a researcher said. "Erectile dysfunction may be the first clinical sign of vascular disease," said Dr. Kevin Billups, a urologist in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"We should be more aggressive in looking for other evidence of vascular disease when a patient presents with erectile dysfunction, look at it as an opportunity to interact with a patient's. primary care physician." The study involved 57 men with erectile dysfunction who had no previous history of arterial disease or risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol or blood lipids.

Between the ages of 23 and 60. these men were tested twice for blood cholesterol after fasting for 12 hours. Sixty per cent of the men were found to have elevated cholesterol levels and 91 per cent of the men showed signs of arterial insufficiency by Doppler ultrasound.

Of the 40 per cent who showed normal cholesterol levels, Doppler ultrasound showed that 88 per cent had signs of arterial disease.

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