Erectile dysfunction symptoms can be an indicator of current — and even future — heart issues.
Did you know that Valentine’s Day shares February 14th with another, lesser-known holiday? Today, we also observe National Impotence Day. In addition to celebrating the person you “heart,” today’s also a day to learn a little about erectile dysfunction and its interesting and important link to your heart health.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common; one estimate shows that about 50% of men ages 40 to 70 experience ED at some point. Its causes can be biological and/or psychological, and vary from person to person based on age and other risk factors.
In addition to potentially affecting your relationship and even your self-perception, ED can also provide insight into your current and future heart health. Which makes for another good reason to talk to your doctor about it.
Understanding the link
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, ED is common among men who have coronary heart disease, where healthy blood flow is hampered by plaque buildup in the heart’s arteries. While we know that ED is common in men who are already experiencing coronary heart disease, research is showing that ED symptoms can be a warning sign of future cardiovascular events. In some cases, ED symptoms are the first clue about forthcoming heart problems.
Talking to your doctor
Even though ED is more common in older men (the risk increases with age; 20% of men in their 20s, 30% of men in their 30s, and 40% of men in their 40s experience ED), more younger men are talking to their doctors. In fact, reports show that ED complaints from younger men are becoming more frequent, with one in four patients seeking medical help for ED for the first time being under the age of 40. It can be especially important for younger men to talk to their doctor about any ED symptoms they experience, as doing so could help identify those who have a higher risk of developing heart problems in the future, and allow time for preventive interventions.
Taking the next step
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This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.
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