New NERI Research Findings Show that Men’s Sexual Health May Be Linked to Cardiovascular Health

In two new publications, New England Research Institutes, Inc. (NERI) has linked sexual function in men with subsequent cardiovascular disease.

In the January 26 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, NERI lead author Andre B. Araujo, Ph.D., in collaboration with colleagues at NERI and in the Division of Cardiology, San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco tested whether erectile dysfunction (ED) can be used to reclassify patients according to their future risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) beyond traditional risk factors (such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) that are part of the well-known Framingham risk score. Results of the 12-year research study show that ED may be a warning sign of a future cardiovascular event like heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and congestive heart failure. However, while ED is significantly related to CVD independent of traditional risk factors, it does not improve the prediction of who will and will not develop CVD beyond these risk factors.

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