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Why Do I Have Erectile Dysfunction?
February 19, 2021
Why Do I Have Erectile Dysfunction?

ED may be an early indicator of cardiovascular disease. Evaluating your cardiovascular health regularly is important to ensure your heart stays healthy and happy.

You have erectile dysfunction (ED)… now what? You might be wondering what causes erectile dysfunction and if it impacts any other parts of your body.

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Erectile dysfunction can be a manifestation of organic and inorganic causes.

Erectile dysfunction can be a manifestation of organic and inorganic causes. Organic causes of ED include: cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes, hypertension, Peyronie’s disease, low testosterone, medication side effects, and smoking. Inorganic (psychogenic) causes of ED include: depression and anxiety.

Let’s talk about the cardiovascular impact that ED may have on your health. Sometimes ED can be the first sign of cardiovascular disease such as poor blood flow due to cholesterol buildup in your arteries. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men in the United States. ED may be your first sign of cardiac disease. This is typically found in men between the ages of 40 to 60 years old. The cause could be due to inflammation of the arteries that supply blood flow to the penis. Your physician can easily treat your ED but it’s important to also get your cardiovascular health evaluated.

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Start by doing the following before your upcoming physician Virtual Visit. Check your blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol level. A goal systolic blood pressure (top number) for non-diabetics who are middle-aged is less than 140 mmHg. There are many ways to achieve this such as exercising, diet, low salt intake, losing weight, and quitting smoking.

A healthy lifestyle begins with your diet and life choices. If you or your loved one suffers from ED, visit the Physician Promise Virtual Visit at your convenience and let one of our physicians help you out.

"Erectile dysfunction may be your first sign of cardiac disease."

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