ED Heart health

Erectile Dysfunction has a Heart Health Connection

ED Heart health

ED can be an early sign of underlying cardiovascular disease

Clogged arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, were originally thought of as the reason for erectile dysfunction’s connection to heart health. The idea was that blocked arteries prevented blood flow to the penis. It is now thought that ED’s connection to heart health is down to the inner lining of the blood vessels. Dysfunction in the lining of blood vessels prevents adequate blood supply to the heart and the penis, thus causing ED while also signalling that your heart’s health is at risk. 

ED can predate cardiovascular disease by a few years 

Any man who has recurring ED with no clear cause should be screened for heart disease. This is a firm part of our belief at Relief Medical Group: it is important to get a comprehensive examination to determine the factors which are contributing to your erectile dysfunction and whether there is a heart health connection. This all being said, ED is not always a direct sign of an underlying heart condition; however, a medical consultation and examination has the advantage of helping us determine what is causing your ED while also detecting heart disease at an early phase.  

Treatments for erectile dysfunction and heart disease

We believe that lifestyle changes are the most powerful ways to manage your risk for heart disease. The same is true for improving erectile dysfunction. But focusing on a healthier lifestyle is only the tip of the iceberg, and it is often not enough. Always remember that heart medications containing nitrates should never be taken with erectile dysfunction medication. Acoustic compression has the advantage of stimulating blood flow to the penis without any side effects, especially the possibility for clashing with a heart medication that you are taking. 

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