Experts are now claiming that sexual function assessment should be included in cardiovascular risk evaluations for men.
Dr Ajay Nehra, lead of a report on the issue, claims that erectile dysfunction is a major sign of future cardiac problems in men under the age of 55. With the window between the onset of sexual dysfunction and a cardiovascular event being between two and five years, it is important that those at risk are identified early.
This means that effective intervention strategies can then be applied to reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and death.
Dr Nehra commented: "Any man with ED (erectile dysfunction) should be considered at a substantially higher increase cardiovascular risk until further testing can be done."
He added that "erectile dysfunction often occurs in the presence of silent, non-symptomatic cardiovascular disease", so identifying the problem is integral to targeting those likely to slip through the net of traditional cardiovascular disease detection.
Therefore, it is important that men aren't embarrassed by the problem and seek medical advice immediately.
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