Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a warning sign of cardiovascular disease. Urologists at Chesapeake Urology want men to know that ED can be more than just a sexual issue – it could be an early indicator of heart disease.
“We know that vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol can affect the blood vessels by restricting blood flow to the heart, brain and to the penis, in the case of ED,” says Marc Siegelbaum, M.D. director of the erectile dysfunction program at Chesapeake Urology.
Some studies have shown a direct link between heart disease and ED. Men experiencing erectile dysfunction should have a thorough medical evaluation to rule out cardiovascular disease as a cause of an erectile problem. Atherosclerosis and the build-up of cholesterol and plaques in the blood vessels cause a slowdown of blood flow. Atherosclerosis affects not only the blood vessels supplying the heart, but also blood vessels that supply the penis. In many cases, ED is a warning sign of a future cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke.
“Ongoing erectile dysfunction is often a sign of an underlying health condition that should be addressed with your physician not just for sexual reasons, but for your overall health,” adds Dr. Siegelbaum.
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To learn more about erectile dysfunction and its connection to cardiovascular disease as well as ED treatment options, visit Chesapeake Urology’s Erectile Dysfunction website or call 877-422-8237 to find a urologist near you.