Erectile dysfunction (ED) is described as the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sex. Sometimes it is referred to as impotence.
Men are often hesitant to discuss this private condition. Here are some key points regarding ED:
- What Causes an Erection in Men? An erection is caused by an increase in blood flow that is activated by either sexual activity or direct contact with the penis. When a man becomes sexually aroused, the muscles in the penis relax –allowing increased blood flow through the penile arteries.
- What Causes ED? Since an erection requires a quick increase in blood flow to the penis, many men that suffer from ED also have some of the most common metabolic and cardiovascular conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) that can harden arteries or interrupt the hydraulic blood activity within the penis.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) share several risk factors (age, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity, dyslipidemia) all of which are increasing in today’s older, heavier, and more sedentary population.
- How Prevalent is ED? It is estimated that over 150 million men across the globe are affected by ED, yet only 15% of those men seek treatment. The number of men suffering from ED is expected to double by the year 2025.
- How Do I Treat ED? There are several treatment options, and determining the best solution for you should be done with your physician. Be sure to ask about the Dornier Aries technology to see if this innovative solution is right for you.
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