What is Vascular Erectile Dysfunction?

Sexual stimulation occurs through your eyes, in your brain or through your skin and your body converts this visual, mental, or tactile stimulation into nerve impulses.

Ultimately, this results in small molecules called neurotransmitters being released from the blood vessel walls within the penis.

These neurotransmitters cause the arterial blood vessels to widen, or dilate, which leads to increased blood flow into the penis.
As the inner part of the penis becomes swollen there is pressure upon the surface veins, this pressure restricts the normal drainage through these veins, which further enhances the erection.

By far the most common cause of erectile dysfunction is the failure of the arterial blood vessels within the penis to dilate and allow sufficient blood flow into the penis. This is what is referred to as vascular related erectile dysfunction.

 

How common is vascular erectile dysfunction?

Very common! In western societies research has shown that the incidence of vascular related ED is 40% of men over 40 , 50% of men over 50 and 60% of men over 60 years of age.

 

What are the risk factors involved with vascular erectile dysfunction?

The risk factors are the same as with many other vascular conditions, for example research has shown that: smoking doubles your chances of suffering with erectile dysfunction.

Other significant risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Poor diet
  • Alcohol excess
  • Diabetes

“smoking doubles your chances of suffering with erectile dysfunction.”

In this way, erectile dysfunction may well be an early sign of arterial vascular disease as it is likely that this narrowing of the small blood vessels will the occurring in other small blood vessels.
Research has shown that men with ED are twice as likely to have a heart attack, 20% more likely to have heart failure and 10% more likely to have a stroke.

 

How effective is linear shockwave therapy for vascular erectile dysfunction?

“70% of men suffering with mild or moderate vascular erectile dysfunction felt able to stop taking oral medication after shockwave treatment.”

Linear shockwave therapy is an established treatment approach for kidney stones and tendinitis, and more recently findings have been very encouraging for men reporting mild to moderate ED symptoms. These men would normally have responded well to medication such as Viagra, and following linear shockwave therapy research findings concluded that 70% of these men felt able to stop taking oral medication.

In more severe cases, where men would have found Viagra not to work, research has shown that the reported success rate of treatment was between 30 and 50%.

Sexual stimulation occurs through your eyes, in your brain, or through your skin, and your body converts this visual, mental, or tactile stimulation into nerve impulses. Ultimately this results in small molecules called neurotransmitters being released from the blood vessel walls within the penis.

These neurotransmitters cause the arterial blood vessels to widen, or dilate, which leads to increased blood flow into the penis.

As the inner part of the penis becomes swollen, there is pressure upon the surface veins; this pressure restricts the normal drainage through these veins, which further  enhances the erection.

By far the most common cause of erectile dysfunction is the failure of the arterial blood vessels within the penis to dilate and allow sufficient blood flow into the penis. This is what is referred to as vascular related erectile dysfunction.