Disfunzione erettile e malattia cardiovascolare: Focus on

Translated title of the contribution: Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease: Focus on

Roberto F E Pedretti, Michele Gabriele, Sergio Masnaghetti, Pompilio Faggiano

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Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease: Focus on. R.F.E. Pedretti, M. Gabriele, S. Masnaghetti, P. Faggiano. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common clinical problem and its prevalence increases in frequency with age. ED is a risk marker for major cardiovascular events independently of other more common risk factors in men with and without known cardiovascular disease. On the basis of the "artery-size hypothesis" patients with cardiovascular disease often report ED before disease detection, in average 3 years. Thus, by an early identification of ED, the cardiologist is given a unique opportunity to better assess the cardiovascular risk of each patient. Although there is a general impression that ED has an important predictive role, its diagnosis in clinical practice is widely suboptimal owing to misconceptions from the side of the patient and a suboptimal management of the personal relationship from the side of the physician. This paper explores the critical connection between ED and cardiovascular disease and evaluates how this association may influence clinical practice.

Translated title of the contributionErectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease: Focus on
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)80-86
Number of pages7
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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