Assessment of the relationship between coronary artery ectasia and erectile function score - Abstract

Mustafa Kemal University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Serinyol, Antakya, Turkey.


The relation between coronary artery ectasia (CAE) and erectile dysfunction (ED) has not been studied so far. Hence, we decided to investigate the erectile function score in patients with CAE. We investigated the international index of erectile function (IIEF)-5 score in 34 men with CAE, 38 men with coronary artery disease (CAD), and 30 male controls with normal coronary arteries whose mean ages were 53.2±5.6, 51.4±7.8, and 49.6±8.6 years, respectively. Erectile function was evaluated by the five-item version of the IIEF-5. Each question is scored from 0 to 5. CAE was defined as being without any stenotic lesions with a visual assessment of the coronary arteries showing a luminal dilatation 1.5-fold or more of the adjacent normal coronary segments. IIEF-5 scores in CAE group were found statistically significantly lower than the control group (P< 0.001). There were no statistically significant differences in IIEF-5 scores between CAE and CAD groups (P=0.13). We have shown for the first time that patients with CAE have lower IIEF-5 scores compared with controls with normal coronary angiograms. Many studies reported that endothelial dysfunction in patients with CAE was more dominant than those with CAD. This study suggests that ED and CAE may be different manifestations of a common underlying vascular pathology and vasculogenic ED is frequently seen in CAE at least as much as in CAD.

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Akcay AB, Inci M, Bilen P, Acele A, Sen N, Yalcin F.   Are you the author?

Reference: Int J Impot Res. 2011 Apr 28. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1038/ijir.2011.10

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21525880 Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Section