Tighter blood pressure control could preserve erectile function

  • Hsiao W & al.
  • J Sex Med
  • 1 Mar 2019

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine has shown that tighter blood pressure (BP) control is associated with a lower incidence and delayed onset of erectile dysfunction (ED) in adults with hypertension.

A retrospective cohort study analysed 39,320 men (age, 26-60 years) newly diagnosed with hypertension without major medical comorbidities or previous diagnosis of ED. All patients were categorised according to the exposure to hypertension with varying systolic BP levels (

13.9% of the participants were diagnosed with ED. Higher average systolic BP was associated with an increased risk for ED in a dose-dependent manner (trend test P<.0001 overall time to diagnosis of ed was longer with lower average systolic bp test p the incidence higher in patients normal variation control vs those a wide>1 standard deviation (SD) was associated with a higher incidence of ED (adjusted HR [aHR], 1.359; 95% CI, 1.258-1.469) and shorter time to development of ED (log rank P<.0001>

The authors commented, “Our findings may be helpful for physicians attempting to motivate their male hypertensive patients to adhere better to antihypertensive regimens.”

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