Men with bad breath more likely to struggle with erection, according to study
If you're a man with bad breath who struggles with erectile dysfunction, we've got some news for you.
A new study has found that you're four times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke if you struggle to get it up.
Researchers found the risky line between those with a combination of gum disease and erectile dysfunction.
What is more, a heart attack or stroke occur on average just four years after a dip in a sex drive is first diagnosed.
The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, tracked 158 middle-aged patients in Spain.
Lead author Professor Francisco Mesa, of the University of Granada, said it is linked to accelerated hardening of the arteries.
He said: "It is triggered by periodontitis (gum disease) – first, in the small vessels of the penis.
"Then later in the rest of the arteries of other vital organs."
They increased the risk of a major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE) 3.7 fold.
Participants with both conditions were more likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack, death from cardiovascular disease or heart failure.
They were also more likely to develop angina or need coronary artery by-pass surgery.
The professor said: "The onset of erectile dysfunction could be a warning sign of potentially more serious cardiovascular conditions."
Five years ago the same team demonstrated erectile dysfunction rates more than double in men with gum disease.
Prof Mesa added: "These results are of particular importance, given that MACEs are life-threatening in middle-aged men."
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And the results are of particular importance given MACEs are life-threatening in middle-aged men, say the researchers.
The vessels of the penis are smaller than the coronary arteries.
Patients with hardening of the arteries are more likely to initially present with erectile dysfunction.
Impotence is a strong predictor of heart attack among high-risk patients as previous research shows.
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