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August 14, 2016
By
S. Callahan, Contributing Columnist





If you have erectile dysfunction, you may think that you've already
experienced the worst news. You are doubtless frustrated and you may
have even started to blame your lover or yourself. But that's not your
real concern. Your real concern if you have erectile dysfunction is not
your love life ---it's your life. For erectile dysfunction, scientists now
have begun to agree, is an almost surefire sign that you have heart
disease.

Here at mangoboss, we have long written about the health connection
between erectile dysfunction and your arteries. If the arteries are not
clear, you simply can't get or sustain an erection.


New research has all but made that connection crystal clear.


A 2015 study from Seth G.S Medical College & KEM Hospital in Mumbai,
India looked at 207 men between the ages of 20 and 60. All of the men
had been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction.

The International Index of Erectile Dysfunction

To evaluate the degree to which the men suffered from erectile
dysfunction, the scientists used the International Index of Erectile
Dysfunction Questionnaire, which has become the gold standard for
objectively assessing ED (called the "IIED-5".

The IIED-5 assesses the severity of ED by having the participants
complete a questionnaire of 5 questions, rating their responses from 1,
meaning "very low"  to 5, meaning "very high".  The questions are:


1. How do you rate your confidence that you could get and keep an
erection?

2. When you had erections with sexual stimulation, how often were the
erections hard enough for penetration?

3. During sexual intercourse, how often were you able to maintain your
erection after you had penetrated (entered) your partner?

4. During sexual intercourse, how difficult was it to maintain your
erection to completion of intercourse?

5. When you attempted sexual intercourse, how often was it
satisfactory for you?


Here is how the IIED-5 is scored:





























22-25: No erectile dysfunction

17-21: Mild erectile dysfunction

12-16: Mild to moderate erectile dysfunction

8-11: Moderate erectile dysfunction

5-7: Severe erectile dysfunction



Having ED Is Strongly Linked to a Very High Rate of Heart Disease

In the study, all participants were evaluated for indications of diabetes
or insulin resistance by taking a test for fasting and post-meal blood
glucose levels, lipid profile (triglycerides) and an electrocardiogram.


To determine which of the participants had heart disease, they
underwent a 2D ECHO test, a Stress test and a cardiac consultation.

Out of the 207 participants with ED, 72% (149) had at least one
abnormal cardiac indication.

36 of these participants had initial screenings so dire that they
underwent a more extensive test, a coronary angiography, a test in
which a dye is injected into your arteries and x-rays taken to show
whether and to what extent you have blocked arteries.

Of the 36 who underwent the coronary angiography, 22 (61%) had
heart disease.  These 22 patients had severe ED.


Mind you, many of these patients were under 40 years old.



So alarmed were the scientists at the clear link between ED and heart
disease even in young patients that they issued this warning to
doctors: "Presence of risk factors and lab abnormalities in young
patients with ED warrants a cardiology referral to detect CAD".  In
other words, even a young patient with ED should be referred to a
cardiologist for a work-up.


ED Is a First Warning of Heart Disease, Even Before Chest Pains in
Many Cases



Another study found something perhaps as even more alarming. Men
often think that they need to feel chest pains in order to become
concerned about heart disease. But scientists have found that this is
not true. Your first sign that you have heart problems may come in
your bedroom.

In 2003, scientists from Italy tested patients who had already
experienced chest pain. The study, from University Vita e Salute-San
Raffaele, Via Olgettina in Milan,
Italy examined 300 patients who on
average were 62 and 1/2 years old. The actual range of ages was from
33 to 86 years old.

These men had been experiencing chest pains on average for 4 years.  
98 of the men had blockage in one coronary artery, 88 of the men had
blockage in two arteries and 114 of the men had blockage in 3
coronary arteries.



Then, the scientists asked the reverse question-- how many of these
men who already had coronary disease also experienced ED? They
found that almost a;l had. Moreover, a full 70% of these men had
experienced ED symptoms before they started having chest pains.  
Clearly, ED was their first sign of heart disease -- but they missed it.



Will you?






















































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