Specifically, erectile dysfunction was linked to an increase risk for coronary heart disease, stroke & all-cause mortality. The group went so far as to recommend a cardiac evaluation for any man complaining of organic ED (a question raised at the AAFP's Geriatric Medicine conference last week).
More importantly, the authors pointed out a total of 9 studies linking low testosterone (or hypogonadism) to increase mortality. Granted this does not prove cause & effect, but it does compel us to set up a randomized controlled trial to address that possibility. And finally, the authors went so far as to suggest that all men w/ED should have their T level checked and replacement considered when appropriate. Wow! What a turn around!