According to doctors at El Camino Hospital, approximately 80 percent of all men with erectile dysfunction also suffer heart disease, a condition that can lead to a heart attack.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by constricted arteries in the penis. Since arteries in the penis are smaller than arteries in the heart, the penis is one of the first areas to be affected by heart disease. Men with this type of ED have a high risk of developing a similar problem in their heart within two to five years––especially if they are under the age of 50.
Lifestyle changes that can help prevent erectile dysfunction and heart disease include:
- Eliminating smoking
- Exercising regularly
- Reducing stress
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a balanced diet
- Avoiding excessive use of alcohol and recreational drugs
- Reviewing prescription medications with your doctor
If you are experiencing ED issues, talk to your doctor about treatment options and your risk for cardiovascular disease. Men who participate in the Men’s Health Program at El Camino Hospital for erectile dysfunction receive a complete evaluation from both a urologist and cardiologist. The Men’s Health Program provides a private entrance and confidential environment to treat the sensitive and personal nature of your health concerns. Learn more or call 408-866-7331 to schedule an appointment.