Nearly half of male stroke patients have some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a study conducted in Qatar.
The study examined 605 men (mean age, 56 years) who had suffered a stroke. Some 48% of them reported having ED. Of the stroke patients with ED, 36%, 32.9%, and 31.2% had severe, moderate, and mild ED, respective, according to a paper published (online ahead of print) in International Urology and Nephrology. More than half the stroke patients (59.6%) with ED were aged 60-75 years. ED prevalence increased with age.
The most important comorbid factors for ED in stroke patients were diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. The risk factors for ED were obesity and smoking.