Erectile dysfunction is linked to a '59% higher risk of heart disease'

() Erectile dysfunction is linked to a '59% higher risk of heart disease': Scientists warn impotence is the first sign of poor blood flow in the body Chinese scientists looked at 25 studies with a total of more than 154,000 men Impotence also raised the risk of stroke by 34% and premature death by 33% Experts urges impotent men to 'pay aggressive attention to heart disease'

By Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 15:09 BST, 11 September 2019 | Updated: 15:09 BST, 11 September 2019

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Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) may be more at risk of heart disease, stroke or a premature death, research suggests.

Chinese scientists looked at 25 studies with a total of more than 154,000 men.

They found those who struggled get or stay erect were 59 per cent more likely to develop heart disease than those who had no problem becoming aroused.

Impotence also raised the men's risk of a stroke by 34 per cent and premature death by 33 per cent, the study found.

Failure to become erect may be an early indicator of poor blood flow in the body, an expert warns. 

Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction may be more at risk of heart disease (stock)

Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction may be more at risk of heart disease (stock)

During arousal, impulses are sent from the

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