- Lower systolic BP (SBP) and higher diastolic BP (DBP) are associated with better erectile function in middle-aged and older men with erectile dysfunction (ED).
Why this matters
- Clinicians should consider BP in assessing ED in men who have hypertension, researchers say.
- Researchers studied men with hypertension (N=1255; mean [standard deviation] age, 66.9 [9.7] years; 59.6% non-Hispanic white).
- Main outcome measures: self-reported sexual activity during previous 4 weeks, 5-item International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) score.
- Funding: None.
- 68.3% of patients were sexually active.
- 59.9% of patients reported an IIEF-5 score
- Among sexually active participants, multivariable linear regression analysis showed lower SBP (β=−0.04; P=.025) and higher DBP (β=0.05; P=.029) were associated with better erectile function.
- The study was cross-sectional and did not assess androgen or testosterone levels.