The Link Between ED And Vascular Disease

Vascular diseases affect the blood vessels, resulting in lower blood flow to organs in the body. This can also cause issues with the body's ability to move blood to the penis, meaning a decrease in erection quality. It is estimated that these diseases may be the cause of ED in as many as 50% to 70% of men who have it.

Here are some common health conditions that are linked with vascular disease and clogged arteries:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Additionally, smoking greatly raises chances for clogged arteries and vascular disease. Quitting smoking is one of the lifestyle changes that can lead to lessening the severity of erectile dysfunction.

How ED Caused By Vascular Disease Is Treated

There are many treatments for ED available, such as prescription medications, injections, surgical implants, and vacuum devices. The extent to which any of these treatments works varies widely on a person to person basis.

It is important to note that many of the common ED treatments operate on the symptoms of ED as opposed to the root cause. If you have erectile dysfunction caused by vascular disease, a treatment course that addresses the issue of increasing the actual blood flow in the pelvic and genital region is an option that should be highly considered. To learn about natural, noninvasive treatment options that directly address the issue of blood flow, learn more about the acoustic wave treatment therapy we offer at Multnomah Medical Clinic.

1. Cunningham GR, et al. Overview of male sexual dysfunction.
2. Raheem OA, et al. The Association of Erectile Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Critical Review. American Journal of Men's Health

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