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Pulse pressure, an index of arterial stiffness, is associated with androgen deficiency and impaired penile blood flow in men with ED.
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PMID:  19170856     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Pulse pressure (PP; i.e., the arithmetic difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure) reflects arterial stiffness and has been suggested to be an independent cardiovascular risk factor. AIM: The aim of the present study is to asses the possible contribution of PP to arteriogenic erectile dysfunction (ED) and ED-associated hypogonadism. METHODS: A consecutive series of 1,093 (mean age 52.1 +/- 13.0 years) male patients with ED and without a previous history of hypertension or not taking any antihypertensive drugs were investigated. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Several hormonal and biochemical parameters were studied, along with structured interview on erectile dysfunction (SIEDY), ANDROTEST structured interviews, and penile Doppler ultrasound. RESULTS: Subjects with higher PP quartiles showed worse erectile function and higher prevalence of arteriogenic ED even after adjustment for confounding factors. Furthermore, sex hormone binding globulin-unbound testosterone levels declined as a function of PP quartiles. Accordingly, the prevalence of overt hypogonadism (calculated free testosterone < 180 pmol/L or free testosterone < 37 pmol/L) increased as a function of PP quartiles (17.% vs. 39.7%, and 30.8% vs. 58.6% for the first vs. fourth quartile, respectively, for calculated free testosterone and free testosterone; all P < 0.0001 for trend). This association was confirmed even after adjustment for confounders (Adjusted [Adj]) r = 0.090 and 0.095 for calculated free testosterone < 180 pmol/L and free testosterone < 37 pmol/L, respectively; all P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: PP is an easy method to estimate and quantify patient arterial stiffness. We demonstrated here for the first time that elevated PP is associated with arteriogenic ED and male hypogonadism. The calculation of PP should became more and more familiar in the clinical practice of health care professionals involved in sexual medicine.
Giovanni Corona; Edoardo Mannucci; Francesco Lotti; Alessandra D Fisher; Elisa Bandini; Giancarlo Balercia; Gianni Forti; Mario Maggi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of sexual medicine     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1743-6109     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-27     Completed Date:  2009-07-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230693     Medline TA:  J Sex Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  285-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Andrology Unit, Department of Clinical Physiopathology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Androgens / deficiency*
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Cholesterol, LDL / metabolism
Coronary Artery Disease* / epidemiology,  metabolism,  physiopathology
Erectile Dysfunction / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Hypertension / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  physiopathology
Hypogonadism / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Penis / blood supply*
Severity of Illness Index
Ultrasonography, Doppler
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Androgens; 0/Cholesterol, LDL

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