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Erectile dysfunction is a predictor of myocardial infarction.
HEALTH – If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, you could be suffering from a much more serious condition. According to a study by CETI (the Center for Exploration and Treatment of Impotence) presented this Wednesday, January 11 at the National Academy of Surgery, erectile dysfunction can be a sign of heart failure. It is therefore a predictive factor for serious cardiac events such as myocardial infarction.
To reach these conclusions, the CETI doctors followed 20 patients aged 41 to 68, suffering from erectile disorders of vascular origin – those with damaged arteries in the penis – and presenting no other cardiac symptoms. All underwent CT examination.
As a result, 90% of patients also had diseased coronary arteries. If blocked, these arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle, can cause a heart attack. Of the sample studied, only one patient had a normal CT scan.
According to an article by France Intersurgeon Ronald Virag, one of the authors of the study, explains that the youngest patients are the most impacted: “DIn 19 cases out of 20, there was already arterial damage with young subjects, aged 40 to 50, and all the more severe the younger they were. »
Interventions on three patients
The arteries of half of the 19 patients showed damage “moderate”. The only recommendation to prevent the progression of the disease in these cases: monitor your lifestyle. But the coronary arteries of the other patients were much more severely affected. Three of them even had to be operated on immediately to avoid a heart attack.
But why is impotence related to cases of heart failure? According to the French Federation of Cardiology, the arteries of the penis and those of the heart have an identical functioning. Erection is a vascular mechanism involving vasodilation (the dilation of a blood vessel, Editor’s note), which in case of trouble hurts itself, which can signal a vascular anomaly. » We also find erectile dysfunction in 75 to 90% of cases of heart failure.
A means of prevention
But the main lesson of the CETI study is rather positive: erectile dysfunction can prevent myocardial infarction and thus avoid death. Especially since he “has been shown that the loss of erection frequently precedes the occurrence of an acute cardiovascular accident by 3 to 5 years”still according to the Federation, which adds that “the appearance of erectile dysfunction would increase a man’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 25%”.
“This study overwhelmingly confirms the predictive factor of patent and latent coronary lesions of erectile dysfunction of arterial origin regardless of their severity. Their early detection gives hope, in the future, of a reduction in sudden death or severe inaugural myocardial infarction.concludes Professor Ronald Virag in the report of the study.
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