Erectile dysfunction and associated risk factors in male patients with ischemic stroke: A cross-sectional study.

Patients with ischemic stroke (IS) often suffered from the problem of erectile dysfunction (ED) and psychological disease. However, they are often ignored because these symptoms are more obvious in the convalescent stage of stroke, which affects the quality of sexual life of patients. This study aimed to investigate the incidence of ED, sexual quality of life, and mental state of patients after stroke, as well as analyze the relevant risk factors affecting their psychological status.A total of 361 IS patients were enrolled. The international erectile function index-5 scale was used to diagnose ED. Accordingly, the patients were divided into ED group and non-ED group. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to evaluate the brain lesions of patients. We assessed neurological deficits by the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score and patient health questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and general anxiety disorder-7 (GAD-7) were used to evaluate the depression and anxiety. The differences between the ED group and the non-ED group clinical factors were compared.The response rate was 88.6% (n = 320), and more than two-thirds of patients reported ED (77.8%). Patients with ED had higher PHQ-9 (8.40 ± 4.18 vs 4.94 ± 3.73, P < .01) and GAD-7 (6.73 ± 3.56 vs 4.51 ± 3.35, P < .01) scores, were more likely to have the frontal lobe (75.1% vs 49.3%, P < .01) and lateral ventricle (69.8% vs 53.5%, P = .01) lesions, with hypertension (75.1% vs 46.5%, P < .01) and hyperlipidemia (48.2% vs 25.4%), and on antihypertensive (67.9% vs 35.25, P < .01) and hypolipidemic drug (43.4% vs 16.9%, P < .01). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that antihypertensive drug (odds ratio [OR]: 2.50, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.02-6.10, P = .04), depression (OR: 1.18, 95% CI: 1.06-1.32, P < .01) and anxiety (OR: 1.13, 95% CI: 1.01-1.27, P = .04) might be the independent risk factors for ED group.ED is more common in male IS patients. Antihypertensive drug, depression and anxiety are the main factors affecting ED.

Medicine. 2020 Jan [Epub]

Hengheng Dai, Jisheng Wang, Qi Zhao, Jianxiong Ma, Xihao Gong, Lu Wang, Binghao Bao, Haisong Li, Bin Wang

Department of Andrology, Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing., Department of Andrology, Hang Zhou Red Cross Hospital, Hangzhou, China.

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