Impotence points to higher risk of having a heart atttack
A SPECIALIST urological surgeon has told health professionals in Hervey Bay that patients who present with erectile dysfunction problems were at a much greater risk of having a heart attack later in their life.
Eric Chung, from St Andrew's Private Hospital in Brisbane, passed on the warning during his lecture as part of the local medical education series run by Dr Lip.
"When we look at a study of men who have had a heart attack a lot of them admitted that they had suffered from erectile dysfunction issues earlier in their life," he said.
"If something is happening to an organ with smaller vessels no doubt vessels like the heart and brain will be affected as well. That is why erectile dysfunction should serve as an early warning sign of a possible future heart attack."
Dr Chung also spoke about prostate cancers and said while PSA testing had been revealed for a number of shortcomings it was still a vital test for middle aged men.
"At this stage the PSA test is the best available to look at possible prostate cancers, MRI imaging for prostate cancers is not available in regional areas because it requires specific software and specially trained technicians," he said.
Asked if there was a specific age for men to begin PSA testing Dr Chung said men should think about testing from the time they reached the age of 40, especially if they had a family history of the cancer.
More than 70 attended the latest medical education dinner at China World. The next lecture will be held on November 20.