Is Erectile Dysfunction a CVD Equivalent?

July 10, 2017
Gregory W. Rutecki, MD
Gregory W. Rutecki, MD

The answer, and the evidence behind it, are essential knowledge for primary care.

 

Is it merely coincidental that cardiovascular disease (CVD) and erectile dysfunction (ED) share similar risk factors? Advanced age, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity, and dyslipidemia are common to both.1 Try these 2 short questions whose answers may illuminate whether ED should be taken seriously as a CVD equivalent.

Question 1. Which one of the following statements is correct?