Numerous studies have shown that you don’t have to get a heart attack to have heart disease. There are many forms of heart disease, and each of them has its different symptoms. Recognizing the symptoms and knowing how to deal with them are a key to maintaining proper health.
But heart disease can also gravitate into something else – erectile dysfunction. And if you have developed one, you know that there is a decent chance you’re going to develop the other. A 2019 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine states “the CVD risk of ED patients was significantly increased by 43%, CHD was increased by 59%, stroke was increased by 34%, and all-cause mortality was increased by 33%. Older individuals with ED (≥55 years), those with ED of a shorter duration (<7 years), and those with higher rates of diabetes (≥20%) and smoking (≥40%) were more prone to develop CVD. Additionally, severe ED was proven to predict higher CVD and all-cause mortality risk.”*
Do you experience shortness of breath? Do you get chest pains from time to time? Do you have the experience of feeling weak or dizzy from time to time? Do you get sick or nauseous more than you think you should? Do you sweat a lot more than should normally be expected under the circumstances?
All of these things could be signs that you have coronary artery disease. That means you could be a heart attack waiting to happen.
It also means that you could be much more likely to develop ED. It is not hard to imagine why; any time the normal flow of blood is upset, it will affect the process through which a male achieves erection, and by definition, that is exactly what happens in any form of heart disease.
Cholesterol and the foods a man eats can also contribute to a healthy heart and risk of coronary issues. (what is cholesterol and what foods are healthy)
It is very difficult to treat patients for erectile dysfunction without having a full understanding of all of these principles. Proper testing and diagnosis from a doctor is always recommended when one has cardiovascular or ED symptoms.
*Source: Erectile Dysfunction Predicts Cardiovascular Events as an Independent Risk Factor: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Sexual Medicine, July 16, 2019.