The connection between erectile dysfunction and heart disease has been the subject of much research. There is evidence that heart disease and other conditions affecting vascular function may cause or contribute to erectile dysfunction. Much depends on the type of vascular disease and the severity of the condition.
In peripheral vascular disease, for example, the tiny blood vessels of the feet and hands are damaged. The damage typically occurs over time and may be caused by another condition such as diabetes. The blood vessels of the penis may also be damaged.
In general, any narrowing of the blood vessels can reduce blood flow and contribute to erectile dysfunction. A buildup of plaque in the arteries is a common cause of stiff and narrow blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is the type of heart disease in which plaque buildup is involved. It is the most common type of heart disease, affecting millions of Americans.
Anything that increases your risk of heart disease increases your risk of ED. Smoking, diets high in saturated fat, being overweight or obese, sedentary lifestyles and excessive alcohol intake increase the risk of both health problems.
The steps you can take to reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction and heart disease are logical. If you smoke, you should quit. If your diet is high in saturated fat, you should adopt a healthier eating plan. Losing weight, being more physically active and limiting or eliminating alcohol from your diet are all things that can reduce your risk. If you already suffer from one or both of the health problems, taking those steps can also promote healing.
A variety of treatments are available for erectile dysfunction and heart disease. The best first step is to talk to your doctor. You should also talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking, as some of them may have side effects related to sexual health. Your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative medication with fewer side effects.
Some men are embarrassed to talk with their doctors about E.D. If you have avoided the subject or you feel that your doctor just does not have time to talk about your sexual health, consider visiting a local practitioner specializing in ED. Your sexual health is important. The worst thing you can do is ignore the problem.
The good news about erectile dysfunction and heart disease is that there are effective treatments for both. Take the time to learn about the latest treatments and get healthy – make an appointment today at the Raleigh Clinic for Men.