Men with erectile dysfunction may also have an increased risk for developing heart disease, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.




“Fifteen percent of men who have had erectile dysfunction will develop some form of cardiovascular adverse event within the next seven years. It may be the first sign or predictor for problems that will occur years from now,” said Dr. Mohit Khera, an assistant professor in the Scott Department of Urology at BCM specializing in male and female sexual dysfunction.


Men with erectile dysfunction may also have an increased risk for developing heart disease, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.


“Fifteen percent of men who have had erectile dysfunction will develop some form of cardiovascular adverse event within the next seven years. It may be the first sign or predictor for problems that will occur years from now,” said Dr. Mohit Khera, an assistant professor in the Scott Department of Urology at BCM specializing in male and female sexual dysfunction.


Khera said there are similarities between the blood flow in the heart and the penis. However, blood flow problems show up in the penis sooner.


Men who have erectile dysfunction should be screened for heart disease, especially if they have other risk factors, Khera said. “If a man has erectile dysfunction and has two or more cardiac risk factors, I refer him for a cardiac evaluation,” he said.