Latest news: 14 February 2013.

National and international interest in new 45 and Up Study findings on erectile dysfunction saw more than 300 media outlets cover this story. The findings, published in international journal PLOS Medicine, showed even relatively minor erectile difficulties could signal ‘silent’ heart disease and may indicate an increased risk of dying early from any cause.

This is the world’s largest study to investigate the link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease – and the first to review gradients of erectile dysfunction from none, to mild, moderate and severe forms and how these link to cardiovascular disease.

Researchers from the Sax Institute, Australian National University, The University of Sydney, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and The George Institute for Global Health examined hospital and death records for 95,000 men from the 45 and Up Study to reach their conclusions.

A selection of media reports:

Heart disease linked to erectile dysfunction
ABC News

Erectile dysfunction linked to increased heart risks
The Conversation

Erection problems signal heart disease
news.com.au

Erection problem may mean heart problem
The Newcastle Herald

Erection issues linked to heart disease
The Illawarra Mercury

Erectile dysfunction could be a sign of heart health problems
The Calgary Herald

Healthy men who have problems in the bedroom are at risk of hidden heart disease
The Daily Mail

Is that a canary in your trousers or…?
Deutsche Welle

Erectile dysfunction can be a warning sign for heart disease
TIME

Erectile dysfunction a red flag for heart health
Medical Observer

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