Aerobic exercise — which means "with oxygen" — consists of continuous, repetitive movements that increase your heart rate and get healthy oxygen into all your muscles by increasing blood flow that supports the heart and blood vessels (and in turn, prevents ED). In fact, research suggests that regular aerobic exercise can lower the risk for erectile dysfunction by about 40 percent.
I talked to one urologist and he said if challis didn’t do it for methane there was always a penile implant. At my age that doesn’t thrill. He expressed no interest in testosterone testing, nothing. My GP did a single test that showed me near the low end of the scale so nothing was suggested there. I’m frustrated, my wife is frustrated and after a mere 45 years of marriage this frustration is doing none of us any good. I’m on medicare and that doesn’t seem to cover anything.
So what’s the problem? Well, if you really listen to the advertisements on television for erectile dysfunction (ED) medications, ignoring the blue tinted jazz from Viagra or the bathtubs in the sunset from Cialis, you may have heard the line “Do not take if you take nitrates for chest pain, as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.” You see Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra belong to the same drug class called Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors (abbreviated as PDE-5 inhibitors), and they all share the same interaction with nitrates. Many patients wonder how bad can a ‘drop in blood pressure’ be. The answer, as we learned after Viagra came out, is this reaction could lead to heart attack in patients and potentially cause death, leading to a black box warning for the whole class of drugs like Viagra.
The Princeton Consensus Recommendations were developed to provide instructions to physicians who treat men with CVD and ED and answer the most common question: is it safe to take PDE5i and engage in sexual activity? (Kostis et al 2005). Physicians should consider the cardiovascular status of their patients seeking treatment for ED since there is a degree of risk associated with sexual activity. Three risk categories of CVD were described. Patients in the low risk category (controlled hypertension, stable angina, successful coronary revascularization, history of uncomplicated myocardial infarction, mild valvular disease, and no symptoms with <3 cardiovascular risk factors) can be safely encouraged to initiate or resume sexual activity or receive treatment for their sexual dysfunction. Patients in the intermediate-risk category include those with moderate angina, recent myocardial infarction (<6 weeks), left ventricular dysfunction and/or class II congestive heart failure, non-sustained low-risk arrhythmias and ≥3 risk factors for coronary artery disease. These patients should receive further cardiologic evaluation to determine if they can be restratified into the low- or highrisk cardiovascular categories. Finally, patients in the high-risk category should be stabilized for their cardiac condition before resuming sexual activity or receiving treatment for their sexual dysfunction. It is important to emphasize that the use of any form of nitrate with all PDE5i is contraindicated because of the increased likelihood of hypotension.
The availability of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i) has resulted in increasing numbers of patients seeking medical help for erectile function problems, but has also altered dramatically the medical management of ED (Hatzichristou and Pescatori 2001; Lewis et al 2001; Steers et al 2001). More physicians are treating ED, especially in the primary care setting, including minimal patient work-up and prescription of PDE5i due to their proven efficacy and safety profile. The management of ED by non-specialists includes minimal patient work-up and prescription of exclusively first-line treatment options in most cases, mainly due to the lack of time and background knowledge (Hatzichristou 2002). Sildenafil was the first available PDE5i that revolutionized ED treatment (Goldstein et al 1998). More than 30 million of men are treated worldwide with sildenafil accompanied by vast experience and research with more than 2600 papers published in Medline as of July 2006. Furthermore, new data suggest that sildenafil has beneficial effects in several chronic conditions. It has been recently approved for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension (Galie et al 2005), and numerous articles have suggested that PDE5i may improve endothelial function (Katz et al 2000; Desouza et al 2002; Halcox et al 2002; Vlachopoulos et al 2003; Vlachopoulos et al 2004; Gori et al 2005; Hirata et al 2005). PDE5i have been also suggested to be beneficial for patients with premature ejaculation (Abdel-Hamid 2004). However, clinical studies have shown controversial results so far (Salonia et al 2002; Chen et al 2003; Atan et al 2006) and it remains uncertain, whether PDE5i act on the physiologic process of ejaculation, or indirectly, improving erectile function and therefore, reducing performance anxiety in men with ED.
Watts and coworkers, in their review article, make several points about this ED/CAD nexus. Endothelial dysfunction is present in both CVD and ED, and is linked through the NO mechanism. The authors note that PDE5 inhibitors improve endothelial function and have a salutary effect on both CVD and ED. Both ED and cardiac disease respond to modifications in lifestyle as well as pharmacologic manipulation. These authors also report that the presence of ED gives the clinician an opportunity to assess CVD and prevention as well.20
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Many men experience E.D. According to UW Health, “Mild and moderate erectile dysfunction affects approximately 10 percent of men per decade of life (i.e., 50 percent of men in their 50s, 60 percent of men in their 60s).” And if you think erectile dysfunction is only a problem for older men, think again. As reported by The Greatist, a 2014 study found a quarter of patients newly diagnosed with E.D. were under 40. Of these men, almost half were experiencing severe E.D., meaning they were unable to get or maintain an erection during sex. If this is happening to you, before ordering Viagra online, check in with your primary care practitioner. It could be an early warning sign of atherosclerosis, so it’s worth getting a full evaluation before simply throwing medications at the problem.
It is important that you exercise, not only to combat ED but also to maintain your general health. Any aerobic exercise such as running, cycling or swimming will be great for improving your overall health and fitness. These kinds of exercise improves your cardiovascular health, which is important to help you treat your ED. You may also find it helpful to review your general lifestyle and reduce factors which could be contributing to your ED, such as smoking, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy foods.
The Probable Outcome: Unless you exceed the medically recommended dose, you will probably be spared injury and death in your quest to have a cock like a crowbar for an evening. In fact, our friend is throwing his money away by using Viagra recreationally, according to Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins. "If erections are really intact, it does not make a better erection," he says. Burnett does add, however, that what the recreational Viagra user is more likely to experience is a shorter refractory period—the time between ejaculating and being able to have sex again.
Worst Case Scenario: When Viagra is prescribed by a doctor for a genuine medical problem, the dose will be clearly specified. Taken recreationally, however, the only counsel you receive may be from a buddy recounting the tale of his indomitable boner during an epic sex session. That might lead some to jump to the conclusion that more Viagra means more good times—people like Daniel Medforth—a Brit who in 2015 choked down 35 pills at the end of a boozy two-day bender "for a laugh."
"Medications that create blood flow to the penis can't help when an erection is blocked by the fear or anxiety of the fight-or-flight response,” says Feloney. “This type of erectile dysfunction probably has a lot to do with evolution — men didn't need an erection when a dinosaur was chasing them." The best way to treat erectile dysfunction caused by performance anxiety, depression, a poor relationship, or stress may be with a combination of ED drug treatment and sex therapy, individual therapy, or couples therapy from sexual health professionals.
Consequently, taking other steps to reduce inflammation might also heal ED. Ask your doctor about going on a low-cost anti-inflammatory medicine like salsalate, which has been shown to help diabetes in some studies. Also, make sure your dental health is good. A large Chinese study found that gum disease was strongly correlated with ED in men with diabetes. That doesn’t prove that gum disease causes ED, but it is a major cause of system-wide inflammation, which won’t do your blood vessels any good.
In fact, one common reason many younger men visit their doctor is to get erectile dysfunction medication. Often, men with erectile dysfunction suffer with diabetes or heart disease, or may be sedentary or obese, but they don’t realize the impact of these health conditions on sexual function. Along with erectile dysfunction treatment, the doctor may recommend managing the illness, being more physically active, or losing weight.