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Erectile Dysfunction Linked with Heart Disease, Study Shows

Researchers from Soochow University in Suzhou, China, revealed that impotence could be a sign of heart disease. This study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Jia-Yi Dong and colleagues pointed out the link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease. Their theory is that the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis during erection can clog up faster than the arteries in the heart. A clogged artery in the penis, therefore, is an early warning for a possible heart disease in the future.

The researchers collected data from about 37,000 men as well as combined the 12 previous studies on erectile dysfunction and heart disease. They revealed that impotent men were exposed to risk of heart disease at least 48 percent more compared to men who didn't have erectile dysfunction. In addition, impotent men are exposed to higher risks of death.

Several studies show that heart disease is the number-one killer in the world. On the other hand, it is estimated that erectile dysfunction could affect 322 million men by 2025.

However, the researchers failed to make a correlation between heart disease and other traditional risk causes such as smoking, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, among others. Nevertheless, they made a strong case that erectile dysfunction should be factored in when it comes to heart disease.

Accordingly, sensible and healthy eating and increased physical activity should be incorporated to improve one's quality of life. In addition, several studies show that lifestyle changes work to treat erectile dysfunction.

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