Listen to your body, Erectile dysfunction could be a warning sign of heart attack risk

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By Chetana Belagere

Jun 10, 2024

Affecting millions of men worldwide, Erectile dysfunction (ED), is not just a barrier to sexual satisfaction but a significant marker of broader health issues.

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Recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine has shown how ED is intricately linked to (MACE), such as heart attacks, heart failure and strokes.

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This study highlights the disparity in cardiovascular risk between rural and urban settings, emphasising the need for comprehensive cardiovascular assessments for men with ED.

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The study revealed that men with ED residing in rural areas have a significantly higher risk of MACE compared to their urban counterparts and men without ED.

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Notably, rural men with ED had the highest rates of MACE, underscoring a critical disparity in health outcomes based on geographic location.

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“This disparity suggests a need for interventions in rural communities to manage chronic conditions effectively through long-term lifestyle modifications,” the study cited.

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South First spoke to doctors from India to know if it is a general practice to check for cardiac issues in patients with complaints of ED. However, very few said they looked into this factor.

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“The higher incidence of MACEs in rural men with ED, highlights an urgent need for targeted interventions in these communities,” Dr MSS Mukharjee commented.

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