Seventy percent men who have had a heart attack will have erectile dysfunction (ED). Seventy-five percent of men who have a heart attack will have experienced ED prior to having their heart attack. We have developed a specialized Penile Restoration Program designed to improve erectile function as part of an overall Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for your patient after a heart attack, angioplasty or ischemic event.

We are looking for the 35- to 70-year old male patient with any of these medical factors:

  • Extensive vascular testing via stress tests
  • Coronary calcium tests
  • Angioplasty
  • Heart attack
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Sleep apnea
  • Poor nutrition
  • Inadequate exercise

We realize that many of the men under treatment in a Cardiology practice may have ED, low testosterone and other sexual health concerns that can adversely affect quality of life. Many of these men are not good candidates for oral medications, due to the severity of cardiovascular disease and/or the medicines needed to treat their condition.

We also see a significant number of men in our Men’s Sexual Medicine practice, (30% to 40%), who would benefit from a preventive cardiology assessment. Accordingly, we are looking for like-minded Cardiology practices interested in timely evaluation of these men. The most recent guidelines for evaluation of ED and low testosterone encourage comprehensive assessment for cardiovascular risk as part of overall patient management. Accordingly, referrals to and from Cardiologists are important for the vascular and sexual health for patients with cardiovascular and ED issues.

Pre procedure/surgery (angioplasty, stent, CABG): assess for history of ED or low testosterone

Post procedure/surgery (angioplasty, stent, CABG): assess for new onset ED, worsening ED or low testosterone

Cardiac rehab: consider penile restoration as part of cardiac rehabilitation protocol

Linking Sexual Medicine and Cardiology

I have a long history of interacting and working with Cardiologists. Actually, this started over 25 years ago, when I took my first faculty position at the University of Minnesota, and I was in charge of the Erectile Dysfunction Clinic. What I noticed was that…