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Impotence Linked to Doubled Death Risk

Men treated for ED should be screened for heart problems
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2010 5:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – Men who suffer from heart disease and erectile dysfunction may have twice the risk of both heart attack and death, a new study shows. The findings, published in Circulation, add to a body of research that suggests erectile dysfunction may signal other health problems. The message to patients: "If somebody has erectile dysfunction, we really need to treat them," one doctor says.

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The challenge, researchers say, is getting men being treated for impotence to undergo further tests. "The medication works and the patient doesn't show up anymore," one doctor tells ABC. "These men are being treated for the ED, but not for the underlying cardiovascular disease."
(Read more erectile dysfunction stories.)

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