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Study links ED with impaired blood vessel, heart function.

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) due to vascular causes have signs of blood vessel and cardiac dysfunction, even if they have no known heart disease or risk factors, a study suggests. Researchers assessing blood vessel and cardiac function in 30 men with vascular ED found that, compared with healthy men, they had greater stiffness in the aorta (a sign of vascular disease) and higher pulse pressures, the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure, often occurring with increased aortic stiffness. However, men treated with the ED drug tadalafil (Cialis[R]) saw improvements in blood vessel function and in left ventricular diastolic function, the study authors noted (International Journal of Impotence Research, online Dec. 8, 2016). The take-home message: This study reinforces the link between ED and cardiovascular disease. If you have ED, undergo a cardiac risk assessment, if you haven't already, and work with your physician to optimize your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.

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Publication:Men's Health Advisor
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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