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Int J Impot Res. 2010 Jan-Feb;22(1):40-4. doi: 10.1038/ijir.2009.45. Epub 2009 Sep 17.

Sexual activity and erectile dysfunction in elderly men with angiographically documented coronary artery disease.

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Department of Geriatric Medicine B, Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel.


We studied the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in elderly men, aged 65 years or above, with coronary artery disease (CAD) documented by coronary angiography. A total of 123 men (112 men with CAD and 11 men without CAD), mean age 74.6+/-5.9 years, was included. To detect ED and assess its severity, all participants were asked to complete the Sexual Health Inventory for Males (SHIM) questionnaire. Lack of sexual activity was more prevalent among men with CAD relative to men without CAD (31.3 vs 0.0%). Among the sexually active men, ED was more prevalent among men with CAD relative to men without CAD (85.7 vs 72.7%). A general linear model showed that age was the only factor associated with SHIM scores among the sexually active men with CAD (P=0.001). Other factors, such as the number of occluded coronary arteries, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, smoking, various medications and marital status, were not associated with SHIM scores in elderly men with CAD. We conclude that lack of sexual activity and ED are very common in elderly men with CAD. Among the sexually active men with CAD, ED severity is associated only with age.

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