Impotence is an indicator of Cardiovascular disease

Here’s the word that strikes absolute terror into every man’s heart and deflates more than his ego. Impotence. Or erectile dysfunction, as it’s known nowadays. It’s the Darth Vader of men’s sexuality and probably the most feared word in a modern male’s vocabulary.

Despite intensive focus over the past few years and the introduction of Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis (what I call Lazarus drugs because they raise the supposedly dead), impotence is still a word few men will ever let pass their lips, especially when it comes to their sexual performance.

According to medical studies, despite the contention that 50% of men have difficulty maintaining an erection at some time in their lives, few men will admit it.

Playboy’s Hugh Hefner has become the poster boy for publicly admitting he takes Viagra and many other Ed drugs. But, notably, he never says he needs to. Hey, who can blame him for basking in the amazement and envy he gets at 80 years old, stating he regularly services several young beauties. Maybe he takes it intravenously.

But for the average guy, having erection problems often causes him deep emotional trauma, despair, and insecurity; he’s terrified of anyone knowing—even his partner.

That is a tragedy — not just for him but his partner as well, as refusing to acknowledge impotence can cause irreparable harm to an intimate relationship.

In the case of a wife, she blames herself and feels rejected, guilty, or betrayed as she can’t figure out why sex has stopped. But, hey, if your guy can’t perform in bed, don’t get mad — get him a doctor!

Primarily as it’s now known that hiding such a significant problem can be physically challenging.

It’s always been known ED can be a link to other serious health issues such as diabetes. Still, the newest studies from the American Urology Association show it can be an early warning signal for upcoming cardiovascular disease, even if there are no symptoms yet.

“If a man is experiencing ED, he should have his cardiovascular risk factors investigated, ?? Dr. Miguel Llano, a Canadian Men’s Clinic physician specializing in erectile difficulties.

 

Although there are several different medical treatments at the moment for ED — including the pill trio (Viagra, etc.), vacuum devices, surgical treatment, and personal injection therapy (despite the wince-making thoughts, one of the most successful of all the treatments) — Dr. Llano states that the future (maybe 2011) will involve gene therapy.

Spearheaded by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, gene therapy is a genetic and cell-based technology that acts very differently from Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra drugs.

Dr. Llano explains: “Gene therapy relaxes the smooth muscle cells by blocking the calcium. Without calcium ions present, smooth muscle cells relax, and the tissue will also relax. This allows blood to flow in and produce an erection.”

So, paradoxically, a penis has to relax internally to stiffen up with blood flow. But while the focus has been intense in recent years on male impotence, solutions to the growing problem of female sexual dysfunction, while not disregarded, have been less successful.

After many attempts to create a Viagra pill for women failed in the past, Pfizer said that, since good sex for women is more “in the head” than “in the parts,” a pill wasn’t the answer. Of course not, as Women need love and romance.

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