Impotence or erectile dysfunction can occur in men of any ages, still it is more common in adult aged men. Around 70% of all erectile dysfunction cases is due to diabetes and atherosclerosis.
(ED) is a harbinger of penile vascular dysfunction and is used as a marker for cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is vital to find out if this condition is an early sign of such serious disease as atherosclerosis. Several clinical researches held to establish the link between atherosclerosis and Erectile dysfunction show that ED is an early demonstration of cardiovascular disease (CVS), vascular disease, atherosclerosis and other related conditions.
Atherosclerosis causes plaques on the inner lining of blood vessels associated with increased cholesterol in the blood. The blood circulation gets reduced first in the smaller vessels such as penile arteries, then in the larger such as leading to the heart. Affected blood flow or inadequate blood supply to the penis causes weak or no erections.
Studies demonstrated that men with a previous history of atherosclerosis had experienced erectile dysfunction in 60% of cases.
So the link between these two conditions is obvious. ED should be considered as a marker or risk factor for atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.
Certain risk factors of cardiovascular disease lead to erectile dysfunction including: obesity, diabetes, hypertension, smoking and consumption of alcohol.
Studies demonstrated that men who get proper medical help for atherosclerosis and ED in the right time tend to avoid the serious health consequences of these disorders (infarction, strokes and deaths).
The diagnosis of ED is important. A doctor examines a patient gets the full health checkup. Certain blood tests and procedures are required. There are certain medications available too which a man can take to improve general health and bring back his sexual life.