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July 14, 2010

Depressed men with erectile dysfunction face higher heart problems!

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) who display signs of depression may be at a higher risk of developing heart problems!

During a recent trial, researchers from the University of Florence, Italy, surveyed more than 2,000 men about their sexual health. While interviewing the participants, the investigators also monitored the men for depression-related symptoms.

The findings showed that the participants who were diagnosed with ED & depression were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular complications, which could lead to a higher mortality rate. Also, the researchers found that taking antidepressants wasn’t linked to the increased risk of developing these health problems.The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Defined as an inability to attain & sustain an erection firm enough to complete a sexual act, ED is caused when the arteries in the pelvic region do not engorge the penis with blood during sexual intercourse.

Late, the plaque that clogs the arteries in the pelvic region spreads over, clogging the arteries in & around the heart, thereby putting the patients at an increased risk of heart attack. People suffering from depression are anyhow more likely to suffer from ED.

"Recognizing depressive symptoms in subjects with erectile dysfunction is mandatory not only for improving their sexual life, but also for preventing cardiovascular diseases," notes study’s lead researcher, Elisa Bandini of the University of Florence, Italy.

Highlighting the interactions between a person’s sexual, psychological, & overall wellbeing, Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine & director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego stated, "the broader concept of the sexual medicine problem [is] no longer being just about a man’s performance in the bedroom, but about his psychological mood & his cardiovascular health." He added that "this is a valid reason for a woman to encourage her partner to seek help for his erectile dysfunction."

While depression symptoms 've been linked to developing ED, the team concluded that physicians who treat men with ED should also screen their patients for the mood disorder to improve cardiac health.

"ED is not really a reflection of manhood, but it may actually be a reflection of underlying heart disease," he added. “It may be heart disease below the belt.” Currently, an estimated 30 million men in the U.S. 've been diagnosed with ED, according to the Minnesota Men’s Health Center.

1 comment:

Joseph P. said...

It's true on the psychological aspects of men. Their mind is disturbed as well as their emotions. They can't do normal things on their own will.

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