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Pacemaker improves libido for men with heart failure

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Men with chronic heart failure can look forward to improved sexual performance thanks to a type of pacemaker, a new study claims.

Research shows that cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) - involving a pacemaker that paces the right and left ventricle - improves patients’ libido and combats erectile dysfunction (ED).

Chronic heart failure is linked with fatigue and exercise intolerance, with patients also experiencing reduced libido and ED.

The study, led by Ahmet Vural of Kocaeli University in Turkey, examined the effects of CRT on libido and ED. Some 31 male patients with advanced chronic heart failure, scheduled for implantation of a CRT device, were included in the study. They were assessed before and six months after CRT.

At the six-month follow-up, 23 patients reported no ED, and only two patients had moderate ED. Severe ED was not found in any patient. A significant increase in patients with normal libido was found, with 25 men reporting improvement compared to only three reporting normal libido prior to CRT.

“Not only does CRT decrease mortality in heart failure patients, it also brings improvement in sexual health to the patient’s life,” Vural concluded.

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