This interesting review confirms how erectile dysfunction and major cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes are caused by the same underlying problem, which is diffuse cardiovascular disease.
Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, hypertension and cigarette smoke are well known cardiovascular risk factors, which in the long term can cause obstruction of the arteries and vascular disease.
When an artery gets progressively blocked the blood flow progressively reduces. If this happens in the arteries of the penis, the patient will notice a progressive worsening of the quality of the erections, while if the blockage occurs in the arteries of the heart or of the brain, the patient will experience respectively a heart attack or a stroke.
Since the vessels who are smaller are the one that will show the sign of a blockage first and since the vessels in the penis are smaller than the ones in the heart and in the brain, patients will develop signs of erectile dysfunction a few years before experiencing heart attacks or strokes.
It is therefore very important that patients seek immediate medical attention when they develop the first signs of erectile dysfunction.
A thorough medical evaluation can not only help the patient to restore an adequate erectile function but also identify and treat potential cardiovascular risk factors that may cause fatal events a few years later.
This will prevent the patient from suffering from a cardiovascular event and guarantee him a much longer life expectancy.
This article should therefore represent a strong invitation to patients not to be ashamed of their erectile dysfunction and to seek medical attention not only because effective treatments are now available in almost all cases but also to prevent the development of serious cardiovascular events in the near future.
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