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TREATING ED

ANCHOR LEAD:  THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS HAS ISSUED GUIDELINES FOR TREATING ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION, BUT THERE IS ANOTHER CONSIDERATION, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Most men who have erectile dysfunction can be treated by their primary care physician with drugs like sildenafil, or Viagra, guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians state.  But Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, says no matter which health care professional manages treatment, this is an opportune time to consider a man’s total health.

BURNETT:  One of the things we continue to emphasize are things like the Princess consensus guidelines on men having erectile dysfunction with risk for cardiac disease, and how we should go about evaluating patients, and there have been these kinds of meetings that’s going to make the point that any man, any man, not just a man who may have some overt issues of cardiovascular disease, but any man with erectile dysfunction, is at risk to have cardiovascular disease and perhaps should undergo a proper workup in that regard.                 :26

Many cases of erectile dysfunction indicate a problem with circulation that should be evaluated carefully.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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