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Atherosclerosis

Erectile dysfunction is associated with low total serum testosterone levels and impaired flow-mediated vasodilation in intermediate risk men according to the Framingham risk score.


PMID 25562576

Abstract

The role erectile dysfunction (ED) coupled with low testosterone levels as early markers of atherosclerosis is not well understood. To analyze the relationship between serum testosterone levels with both ED and brachial artery flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD), in a primary prevention sample of men. We enrolled 802 asymptomatic, intermediate CV risk patients, according to the Framingham Risk Score, aged 40-80 years, who underwent the ultrasound examination of FMD, the evaluation of ED and the assessment of total serum testosterone levels. Testosterone levels correlated both with FMD (rxa0=xa00.85; pxa0