It could easily be that erectile dysfunction may be one of the first signs of cardiovascular disease. It is worth paying attention to because it can cause serious sexual problems!
About new research and solutions dr. Péter Vaskó, the cardiologist of the Buda Cardiology Center spoke.
The problem must be taken seriously
The term erectile dysfunction refers to the inability and difficulty of developing and maintaining an erection and affects nearly 30 million men in the United States. The chance of the condition occurring increases with age and may also indicate psychological changes in men such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression. However, according to a study by the journal Vascular Medicine, in addition to all this, erectile dysfunction also poses a higher cardiovascular risk to those affected.
At the same time, researchers at Baptist Health South Florida acknowledge that all of this is “only” true for subclinical cardiovascular disease, that is, those for which they do not yet cause clinical symptoms and the relationships have not yet been fully elucidated.
Endothelial function may be impaired
U.S. experts have scrutinized the results of 28 previous studies to look for associations between erectile dysfunction (ED) and early signs of cardiovascular disease. Their results suggest that a strong association between ED and deteriorating endothelial function may be the key to the solution. The latter means that the blood vessels are less and less able to dilate, meaning that less and less blood can pass through them. And endothelial dysfunction is one of the early predictors of atherosclerosis, one of the most serious risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Moreover, scientists have found that ED is a so-called carotid artery. it is also associated with thickening of the intima media, which is also an early sign of vasoconstriction. (The latter can be well examined by cervical ultrasound.)
According to experts, knowledge of this relationship may be particularly important in younger men who are less likely to be involved in cardiovascular disease. Older people see a doctor sooner because of both ED and other cardiovascular symptoms. It is precisely the immense importance of early detection that makes it worth encouraging men to see a cardiologist in addition to a urologist if they experience sexual problems – completely independent of their age!
Risk factors, the presence of which requires investigation
„In the case of cardiovascular diseases, it is also true that the sooner we discover them, the more effectively we can treat them and prevent the potentially serious consequences.”He emphasizes dr. Péter Vaskó, cardiologist of the Buda Cardiology Center. – However, recent research also confirms that regular monitoring is not only important for men over the age of 50-60. There are signs that you should definitely see a doctor if you have them, even if they are not as obvious symptoms as chest tightness, pain, or a strong feeling of palpitations. It is worth signing up for a cardiological examination, managerial cardiology screening, if someone is suffering from persistent stress, if they experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, if they cannot tolerate a well-worn load, if they have trouble sleeping, if they are permanently exhausted, if they experience unusual weakness, frequent headaches , you experience numbness. And, of course, erectile dysfunction is also a sign that must be followed – not just because of the functionality of the relationship.