Erectile dysfunction as an early marker for cardiovascular disease

Kevin L. Billups

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a prevalent vascular disorder that, like cardiovascular disease, is now believed to cause endothelial dysfunction. In fact, a growing body of literature now suggests that ED may be an early marker for atherosclerosis, increased cardiovascular risk, and subclinical vascular disease. The emerging awareness of ED as a barometer of overall cardiovascular health represents a unique opportunity for primary prevention of vascular disease in all men. Although the implications of this relationship for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease are not yet fully appreciated, the available literature makes a strong argument for the role of erectile dysfunction as an early marker for the development of significant cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease. Early detection of erectile dysfunction could play a major role in improving male cardiovascular health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatrics and Aging
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Endothelium
  • Erectile dysfuntion
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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