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ED and Depression May Signify Heart Issues

New research suggests the presence of depressive symptoms in men with erectile dysfunction is a risk factor for a cardiovascular event.

Researchers had been aware that depressed mood and ED often occur together and that both are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

To investigate clinical correlates further, researchers led by Elisa Bandini of the University of Florence studied approximately 2,000 male patients in a clinic for sexual dysfunction using a structured interview while also scoring for depressive symptoms.

Results show that in these subjects with erectile dysfunction, depression increases cardiovascular problems independently from other known risk factors.

Furthermore, even the use of antidepressant medications did not alter the relationship between severe depressive symptoms and adverse cardiovascular events.

“Recognizing depressive symptoms in subjects with erectile dysfunction is mandatory not only for improving their sexual life, but also for preventing cardiovascular diseases,” Bandini notes.

“What is important about this study is the broader concept of the sexual medicine problem no longer being just about a man’s performance in the bedroom, but about his psychological mood and his cardiovascular health,” states Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego.

“This is a valid reason for a woman to encourage her partner to seek help for his erectile dysfunction.”

The findings are discussed in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Source: Wiley-Blackwell

ED and Depression May Signify Heart Issues

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). ED and Depression May Signify Heart Issues. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 18, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/07/15/ed-and-depression-may-signify-heart-issues/15614.html

 

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