House Call: Erectile Dysfunction: Addressing the Link to Heart and Vascular Disease

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Erectile Dysfunction is often a clinical manifestation of blocked arteries throughout the body in males.

In turn, seventy percent of Erectile Dysfunction cases are caused by impaired blood flow to the penis, often indicating heart or vascular disease.

Fortunately, we have a full-service men's cardiovascular clinic within the Cone Health Network, specializing in Erectile Dysfunction.

Individuals suffering from ED can schedule appointments at the clinic without a referral. At the clinic, patients first fill out a questionnaire on erectile function and discuss any heart disease risk factors or medications that may be causing their ED with the physician.

The physician then administers a gamut of blood tests to look for possible causes of the ED. Stress tests or echocardiograms are also administered to measure the patients' cardiac risks. Erectile Dysfunction is a treatable condition.

By treating ED with medications such as Viagra, you may be putting your entire health at risk and ignoring a more serious, underlying heart or vascular disease. It is extremely important for individuals suffering from Erectile Dysfunction to discuss heart and vascular disease with their physician.

Treatment should be individualized to treat Erectile Dysfunction, as well as any associated health conditions.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Hemant Solomon is a cardiology specialist and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff; and a leading expert on research of Erectile Dysfunction and the link to heart or vascular disease.

Dr. Solomon is a 1995 medical school graduate of King College Hospital. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine at Mayo Clinic and completed a fellowship in cardiology at University of Virginia.