Archives of the Turkish Society of Cardiology
Evaluation of the relationship between erectile dysfunction and epicardial fat tissue thickness and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with newly diagnosed hypertension [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2020; 48(8): 746-753 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2020.21290

Evaluation of the relationship between erectile dysfunction and epicardial fat tissue thickness and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with newly diagnosed hypertension

Davut Karakurt1, Hüseyin Ede2, Yasar Turan3, Abdullah Gürel4, İsa Ardahanlı3, Taner Sarak1
1Kirikkale University Faculty of Medicine Cardiology Department, Kirikkale, Turkey
2Hamad Medical Corporation Heart Hospital, Cardiology Department, Doha, Qatar
3Bozok University Faculty of Medicine Cardiology Department, Yozgat, Turkey
4Bozok University Faculty of Medicine Urology Department, Yozgat, Turkey


OBJECTIVE
This study is an investigation of the relationship between erectile dysfunction and epicardial adipose tissue and carotid intima-media thickness, which are indicators of endothelial dysfunction and subclinical atherosclerosis, in patients with newly diagnosed hypertension.

METHODS
The epicardial adipose tissue and carotid intima-media thickness of 101 male patients with newly diagnosed hypertension were measured using echocardiography between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Evaluation of erectile dysfunction was performed using the 5-item version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) in a face-to-face interview in the urology outpatient clinic. The data of patients with and without erectile dysfunction were compared.

RESULTS
There was a significant relationship between the presence and severity of erectile dysfunction and epicardial fat tissue and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with newly diagnosed hypertension. Left ventricular diastolic function was found to be more impaired in patients with erectile dysfunction.

CONCLUSION
Erectile dysfunction was determined to be related to increased epicardial fat tissue and carotid intima-media thicknesses in patients with newly-diagnosed hypertension.

Keywords: Epicardial fat tissue, erectile dysfunction; essential hypertension; carotid intima-media thickness.

How to cite this article
Davut Karakurt, Hüseyin Ede, Yasar Turan, Abdullah Gürel, İsa Ardahanlı, Taner Sarak. Evaluation of the relationship between erectile dysfunction and epicardial fat tissue thickness and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with newly diagnosed hypertension. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2020; 48(8): 746-753

Corresponding Author: Hüseyin Ede, Qatar
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