Intensive lowering of BP may improve erectile function in hypertensive men
The effect of intensive blood pressure control upon erectile function in men with hypertension without diabetes, is largely unknown.
The researchers conducted a study to examine the effects of intensive systolic blood pressure (SBP) lowering on erectile function in a multiethnic clinical trial of men with hypertension.
Although this study included a validated measure of erectile function, testosterone, other androgen, and estrogen levels were not assessed.
The researchers concluded that in a sample of male patients at high risk for cardiovascular events but without diabetes, targeting a SBP of less than 120 mm Hg, as compared with less than 140 mm Hg, resulted in statistically significant effects on erectile function that differed in accordance with race-ethnicity, although the clinical importance of the differences may be of small magnitude.