The Connection Between Heart Disease and ED

The Connection Between Heart Disease and ED

Thanks to dentists and doctors, many men now know that inflammation and infections from poor oral hygiene have been linked to cardiovascular disease. But why isn’t the same true of the link between erectile dysfunction (ED) and heart disease?

Why don’t more men know

One reason may be that men don’t want to bring up sexual dysfunction with their doctor. They may find it embarrassing or think it’s just a temporary issue.

Another reason is that cardiologists don’t often talk to their patients about sexual problems.

What about men who DO know

Men with cardiac issues who DO disclose their erectile dysfunction to their primary care physician or cardiologist may be considered too high risk to take ED drugs or there may be drug interactions.

Although there are some cases where men may be considered too high risk to engage in sexual activity, it’s often more about the men’s fear of having intercourse following a cardiac event. In fact, an article in the International Journal of Impotence Research reports that in reality, the incidence of having a heart attack or life-threatening arrhythmia during sexual activity is relatively low.

So what should men with erectile dysfunction do

Information is key, so the first thing they need to do is discuss their ED with their primary physician. If they’re seeing a cardiologist already, it’s even more vital to speak up.

Also, because there are lots of different reasons for erectile dysfunction—diabetes, aging, depression, stress, anxiety and more—men shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that their ED is being caused by heart disease. If you exercise regularly, eat healthy and don’t smoke, you’re already ahead of the game in terms of heart health.

If you’re cleared for sex but not to take ED meds, there are other ways to get and maintain an erection. Penis pumps, penis injections and penile implants can serve as safe alternatives to ED drugs for many men.

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