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Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Heart Disease

Erectile dysfunction is associated with increased risk of fatal heart attacks, according to a new study in the journal Circulation. Among 1,519 adult male research participants, those with ED had twice the risk of death from any cause, compared with those without ED. Men with ED were also 60 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or heart-related hospitalization or death.

Bohm M, Baumhakel M, Teo K, et al. Erectile dysfunction predicts cardiovascular events in high-risk patients receiving Telmisartan, Ramipril, or both. The ONgoing Telmisartan Alone and in combination with Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial/Telmisartan Randomized Assessment Study in ACE intolerant subjects with cardiovascular Disease (ONTARGET/TRANSCEND) Trials. Circulation. 2010;121:1439-1446.

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