What is Erectile Dysfunction?
What Is Heart Disease?
The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease. CAD occurs when the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that bring oxygenated blood to the heart) become blocked or otherwise damaged and cannot supply enough blood to the heart. This condition often occurs as a result of an accumulation of plaque in the arteries and can cause severe chest pain or a heart attack.
What Is The Connection Between ED And Heart Disease?
Historically, experts attributed the cause of coexisting ED and heart disease to a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Now, medical researchers have found that the two conditions are more likely linked to endothelial dysfunction, a condition in which the inner lining of the blood vessels (the endothelium) constricts and cannot properly dilate to allow for easy blood flow.
How Much Cholesterol Is Too Much?
• your level of HDL (good) cholesterol compared with your level of LDL (bad) cholesterol
• your total cholesterol
• your number of risk factors for heart disease
• your age and activity level
• your current health status
Excess LDL cholesterol in your blood gets deposited in arteries, the blood vessels that feed the heart and brain. These deposits can join with other substances to form plaque, a thick, hard deposit in the blood vessel that leads to atherosclerosis. Plaque can narrow the passageway inside the artery and pinch off the flow of blood to the heart muscle, and to the penis.
How Can I lower My Cholesterol?
Eat fewer fats and fried foods. Choose non-fat and low-fat versions of foods, if available.
When eating fats, select unsaturated fats. (Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature; vegetable oils, for example. Avoid tropical oils, such as palm and coconut oil and any fat that is solid at room temperature.)
Choose fish and poultry more often than red meat.
Limit total amount of meat, fish, poultry, and low-fat cheeses to 7 ounces or fewer each day.
If you smoke, quit.
Lose extra weight.
Eat more soluble fiber. Good sources are fruits, beans, peas, and oats.
Limit egg yolks to no more than three per week. (Egg whites are fat-free.)
What Are The Common Risk Factors Of ED And Heart Disease?
Excessive alcohol consumption
Lack of exercise
High blood pressure
Low testosterone levels
If you have both erectile dysfunction and heart disease, talk to your doctor about treatment options. If you take certain heart medications, especially nitrates, it is not safe to use many of the medications used to treat erectile dysfunction.