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Can Clogged Arteries Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

At Mara’s Med Spa, we get many calls from men – and women – in Dallas asking if clogged arteries cause erectile dysfunction. The answer is that yes, a growing body of scientific evidence supports the fact that ED can result from clogs in the penile arteries.

To understand how a man’s sexual health is connected to cardiovascular health, you need to understand how an erection occurs. Erections are the result of blood entering the penis through the penile arteries when a man is aroused. The result of this increase in blood flow is swelling, causing an erection.

But in a man who’s clogged arteries cause erectile dysfunction, blood is unable to flow through the penile arteries as it should, resulting in either a partial erection or no erection at all.

Is Erectile Dysfunction a Symptom of Other Health Issues?

Not only can clogged arteries cause erectile dysfunction, but clogged arteries in the penis can be a symptom of heart disease.

To get to the heart of the matter (pardon the pun), the path to erectile dysfunction often starts with cardiovascular health. Erectile dysfunction often occurs when cholesterol builds up on blood vessel walls, which causes them to narrow and slow down blood flow.

If left untreated, this condition, called atherosclerosis, blood flow can come to a screeching halt in any area of the body. So yes, clogged arteries cause erectile dysfunction along with angina, heart attacks, strokes, and claudication (pain in the legs with walking).

Erectile dysfunction could be an early warning sign that a heart attack or stroke may happen down the road.

Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction

With this in mind, ED can mean that a man’s cardiovascular system is experiencing stress. In their research, the UCI Health Center for Urological Care found a connection between erectile dysfunction and heart disease.

Atherosclerosis, the medical term for this type of plaque build-up in the arteries, can develop from various risk factors. These include:Mara-clogged-arteries-cause-erectile-dysfunction-2

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain medications
  • High levels of LDL cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone
  • Advanced age
  • Family history

Because penile arteries are smaller than those carrying blood to other areas of the body, any clogs from atherosclerosis can result in impotence.

Increasing Blood Circulation Can Help Atherosclerosis-Caused ED

There is no surprise that the steps you can take to improve blood circulation to the genital area are the same steps that will reduce your risk of heart disease.

Quit Smoking

Smoking damages good blood circulation throughout the body and even causes the arteries in the penis to constrict.

Reduce Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure prevents arteries that carry blood into the penis from dilating. Find ways to relax and connect with nature, and your sexual health will likely improve.

Improve Your Eating Habits

Focus on fresh ingredients and limit over-processed and chemical-laden foods. A sensible diet packed with leafy greens, multi-colored vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy oils can become your best friend. Adjustments to your eating habits can reduce inflammation and help you lose weight, both of which affect sexual health and enjoyment.

Regular Exercise

We all know that exercise is a major component to a healthy lifestyle. But incorporating a consistent and challenging exercise regimen will not only improve your overall health, but will also give you more energy and aid in reducing inflammation which can help unclog penile arteries.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is not just a time to disconnect from the world. It is the time when your body works to repair and replenish itself to set you up for success tomorrow.

Manage Your Diabetes

Did you know that experts estimate that 35 to 50 percent of men with diabetes experience ED? The reason is that diabetes affects your circulation. Managing your diabetes will improve blood flow and reduce the risk of ED.

The Role of GAINSWave If You Suspect That Your Clogged Arteries Cause Erectile Dysfunction

If you are a man in Dallas concerned that clogged arteries cause your erectile dysfunction, we have great news! With GAINSWave treatments at Mara’s Med Spa, you don’t have to live with the physiological and psychological effects of ED on your sexuality.

This completely non-invasive treatment is ideal for men suffering from ED caused by clogged arteries. A simple, in-spa procedure, GAINSWave uses low-intensity acoustic soundwaves to break up plaque in your arteries and stimulate the release of growth factors. These growth factors lead to developing new blood vessels in the penis, awakens cells, and encourages blood flow. All of which can mean an end to ED.

Not only can GAINSWave improve ED from atherosclerosis, but the benefits to sexual performance are a total game-changer. If you are ready to have longer, harder erections, visit Mara’s GAINSWave Dallas page for more information, and reserve a consultation to answer all your questions.

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