Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a sign of a serious health problem

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a sign of a serious health problem

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a sign of a serious health problem

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a sign of a serious health problem

Recent onset of Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a sign of a serious health problem, mainly in middle-aged men.

Facts sheet about Erectile Dysfunction (ED):

  1. ED is difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection enough to have sexual intercourse
  2. About 20% of men under the forty-year age may experience ED
  3. In some of these men, ED may be an indication for future heart attacks
  4. There is successful treatment available for ED
  5. Heart disease needs to be investigated in these patients.

Eds are getting diagnosed at a younger age. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine noted that 1 in 4 I under the age of 40 who sought help for ED actually suffered from the condition. Almost 50% had severe ED.

ED should always be taken seriously as this disease can be devastating for individuals and families. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study, widely considered a landmark piece of research, showed ED to be more common than suspected. It is estimated that more than 300 million men globally will suffer from the condition in 2025.

In some patients, the disorder is an indicator of heart disease. ED is a cardiac risk factor in 10 percent to 20 percent of patients who do not have other risk factors for heart disease.

Men in generally good health who use terms such as “performance anxiety” usually suffer from stress-induced or substance-induced ED. This is caused by anxiety, distraction or too much drinking of alcoholic beverages. These patients often respond well to drugs like Viagra. These drugs enhance the effects of nitric oxide, a natural chemical in the body that relaxes the penis muscles and increases blood flow. Once these men get a good erection and are able to perform, their performance anxiety gets better, and they get better.

Such ED does not have an impact on the heart. This is common and is often called honeymoon impotence.

The other type of patients, who has had a gradually worsening weak erection or decreased frequency of morning erections. These men may be at higher risk for cardiac issues especially in the presence of other cardiac risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, or high cholesterol. 

 

Dr. Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS, MD, CCT, ASTS Fellow.

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