With approximately 30 million men in the United States living with erectile dysfunction, no two cases are necessarily going to look the same, both in terms of symptoms and causes.
And with a fair majority of venous and arterial complications manifesting as symptomatic challenges in the legs, one may not first consider erectile dysfunction to be rooted in the same medical malfunctioning of the blood vessels.
However, they are, in fact, vital in terms of erectile dysfunction. Here’s what you need to know:
The Value of Blood Vessels
“Blood vessels are important for erections,” the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) explains. “When a man becomes sexually aroused, the arteries in his penis expand to allow blood to flow in, making the erection firm.”
Thus, erectile dysfunction in some individuals is the product of atherosclerosis, or a cholesterol-related blockage of primary penile arteries.
For others, it is a matter of venous leakage.
When the penis becomes erect, there is an influx of blood flow followed by a constriction of the veins, thereby keeping the blood in place until the individual has climaxed. However, if the vein walls have weakened and cannot constrict adequately, then the blood will leak back out prematurely.
Considering Your Risk (Factors)
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), risk factors for erectile dysfunction include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Age (On average, patients over 50 are at a higher risk)
- A family history of heart/vascular disease or erectile dysfunction
Thus, some physicians may recommend lifestyle alterations in response to erectile dysfunction. This may include cutting back on alcohol or sugar, other dietary alterations, quitting smoking, weight loss, and more.
Otherwise, more in-depth vascular treatments may be necessary.
Seeking Trusted Solutions
Emotional consequences of erectile dysfunction may include lowered libido, sexual anxiety, depression, and more.
But that’s not all one should look out for when living with this condition.
“ED may be a major warning sign of cardiovascular disease indicating blockages are building in a man’s vascular system,” according to the Urology Care Foundation. “Some studies have shown men with ED are at significant risk of getting a heart attack, stroke or circulatory problems in the legs.”
Thus, addressing one’s overall vascular health as a result of their erectile dysfunction may serve to prevent disease progression in other areas of the body. And if you’re not sure who to turn to in terms of assessing your overall circulatory system, Vascular Solutions of North Carolina is on your side!
We offer a variety of diagnostic tests in addition to vascular treatments and solutions — all of which are designed to be completed safely and comfortably in our state-of-the-art outpatient clinic. To learn more or schedule your FREE screening, simply contact our team today by calling 919-897-5999!