Medical experts have identified a new link to erectile dysfunction (ED) and cardiovascular health issues. In the opinions of certain health professionals, the signs of sexual dysfunction may represent the first signs of impotence. The problem maybe negatively impacted when unsuspecting patients start using anti-impotence medications. While prescribed medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra may fuel bedroom sparks, using such drugs has been deemed a serious trouble when the heart is not evaluated.
Based on the recent findings in research, erectile dysfunction is being found to be a precursor to heart disease, stroke and angina. At New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Andrew McCullough, director of male sexual health, fertility and microsurgery is in agreement of this new finding.
The irony behind the theory that erectile dysfunction is a common manifestation of underlying cardiovascular health issues is how the discovery was made. During clinical trials involving Levitra, Viagra and Cialis the association to heart disease was made when these erectile dysfunction drugs were evaluated as cardiovascular treatments.
Although a certain percentage of impotence or erectile difficulties are attributed to psychological impediments or "performance" anxiety, significantly more cases are triggered by arteries that do not expand. As a result, achieving an erection is impaired due to inadequate blood flow to the penis.
Based on the findings of Dr. Alan Bank, the medical director of research at St. Paul Heart Clinic in Minnesota, more than 88 percent of patients who suffer from erectile dysfunction disorder are derived from a vascular cause. The link between the heart and ED was noted during a study on circulation, cardiovascular risks and type two diabetes. As published in the journal, nearly 40 percent of the participants diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and silent coronary artery disease experienced some degree of erectile dysfunction.