Allen D. Seftel, MD
Chief, Division of Urology
Cooper University Hospital
Professor of Urology
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Adjunct Professor of Urology
Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine
Camden, New Jersey
Urologists, endocrinologists, primary care physicians, cardiologists, and specialists interested in the management and treatment of hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction (ED) are underdiagnosed and therefore undertreated conditions that can be associated with serious comorbid conditions, including metabolic and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Appropriate screening for comorbidities and treatment by any provider seeing men who are at risk should be encouraged. Mounting evidence indicates that ED and hypogonadism are associated with premature CVD, cardiovascular events, and cardiac death, as well as increased all-cause mortality. Despite compelling evidence, many clinicians are not aware of the connections between ED, hypoogonadism, comorbid conditions, and overall health.
The third Princeton Consensus Conference assembled to expand upon the panel's previous recommendations on sexual activity and CVD risk. The focus was on assessing the predictive value of vasculogenic ED in assigning cardiovascular risk in all men and to develop an approach to assess and manage cardiovascular risk in younger men with ED but no known CVD. The role of testosterone and usefulness of testosterone therapy in ED and CVD management were also examined. Clinicians should carefully consider how to integrate these recommendations into their clinical practice to improve overall health outcomes. Future research to discover the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of endothelial dysfunction as related to ED and hypogonadism may help improve treatment and management strategies.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Recognize that, because erectile dysfunction (ED) and hypogonadism are markers for latent cardiometabolic disease, sexual function should be incorporated into cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment for all men, as ED may identify those at higher risk who require further cardiovascular workup
- Integrate the third Princeton Consensus Panel recommendations into clinical practice
- Review with patients that lifestyle improvements will not only improve erectile function but also lower cardiovascular risk and confer other benefits
- Employ current data on the relationship between ED, CVD, endogenous testosterone levels, and endothelial function when discussing management strategies and treatment decisions with the patient
- Measure testosterone levels and consider testosterone therapy as appropriate for any low-risk patient with ED or refer a high-risk patient to a cardiologist
- Initiate phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor therapy and testosterone therapy when they may be safely utilized and refer to a cardiologist when appropriate
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Allen D. Seftel, MD, is a consultant to AbbVie Inc.; Actient Pharmaceuticals; Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals; and Lilly USA, LLC.
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This activity is supported by independent educational grants provided by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC.
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This activity was originally released June 28, 2013, and is eligible for credit through June 30, 2014.
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