NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) — U.S. medical scientists say they have discovered a link between erectile dysfunction and coronary artery calcification.
The scientists at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York said their study — the largest to date involving the evaluation of ED and coronary artery disease — determined men with ED are at a significantly increased risk of high coronary artery calcification scores, a known predictor of future cardiovascular events.
The scientists said they found men with ED had a 54 percent greater likelihood of having a high-risk coronary artery calcification score than men without ED. The increased risk was similar to that of patients with a history of hypertension and smoking.
“Our data further solidify the concept that ED is a harbinger-indicator of current and future cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, an associate professor of urology who led the study. “These data show an indisputable connection between ED and atherosclerosis.”
The research was presented this week in San Francisco, during an American Urological Association meeting.
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