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Erectile dysfunction signals heart troubles, study shows

Published on Jan 30, 2013 7:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Erectile dysfunction might signal more than a need for the little purple pill, researchers said on Tuesday in a study showing a link with heart disease and early death.

The Australian study - the world's largest investigating links between erection problems and heart disease - suggested erection problems could act as a warning sign of more serious health issues.

"The risks of future heart disease and premature death increased steadily with severity of erectile dysfunction," whether or not there was a history of cardiovascular disease, study director Emily Banks said.

Previous studies had found ties between severe erection problems and heart attacks and strokes, but this study was the first to also include mild and moderately severe erection problems.

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