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erectile dysfunction due to atherosclerosis can it be cured?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
NO: But it can be treated. You would be well advised to stop smoking immediately which will immediately reduce your carbon monoxide levels and improve oxygenation to your vital tissues. Alcohol use also greatly exacerbates ed and you should avoid it when you're sexually active.
Dr. Paul Peirsel
Preventive Medicine 48 years experience
Chelation therapy: Chelation therapy has been used for the treatment of atherosclerosis for over six decades. Ed can be an early sign of atherosclerosis that may involve other organs, most commonly the heart. Although other etiologies must be evaluated, this condition should not be ignored for both physical and emotional reasons. Pad treatment with edta chelation therapy resulted in 85% good to excellent results.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
I don't agree. Chelation therapy has never been shown to be effective for this indiation. See: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chelation-therapy/MY00159
Jul 22, 2013
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
ED: Ed due to atherosclerosis can be treated, cure would require resolution of the atherosclerotic changes and this is unlikely.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can erectile dysfunction be prevented?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Yes: Erectile dysfunction occurs as a man ages. The extent to which is affects the person, howver, is variable. Some prevention methods include eating healthy and staying fit (exercising). More importantly, if one has diabetes, hi blood pressure, or other medical issues, it is vital that these conditions be well treated to prevent future complications include erectile dysfunction.
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Difficulty with erections is not that common and doesn't happen to "real" men right?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Happens occasionally: A good erection is greatly influenced by emotions. In a younger man, without age-related erection problems or hormonal imbalances, a poor erection can be due to stress (stress at home, at work, in the relationship, etc.), due to other distractions (a toothache, a tummy ache, etc.), due to worries (worries about getting a woman pregnant, catching an std, his "other girlfriend finding out", etc.).
A 21-year-old member asked:

Erectile dysfunction doesn't really affect your health and you should learn to live with it and be a man about it, right?

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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
Wrong!: Ed can be an early signal that a man's heart or brain is at risk for heart disease or stroke. Ed can happen 10 years before a man develops life-threatening heart disease. All men with ED need to see a health care provider.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How does the vascular system play a role in erectile dysfunction?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Blood flow: Erections work when a vigorous arterial supply fills the spongy tissue of the penis. This causes the penis to become erect and also crushes the outflow veins to prevent the erection from immediately going down. If there is not a strong enough inward arterial flow, the penis may not become fully erect, or will not suppress the vein enough to reduce outflow and keep the erection.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

If you have clogged arteries in your arms and legs, is it possible to have them in your neck?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: You almost have to imagine the arteries of the body as a tree. If one branch is diseased, then it is likely that other branches are also diseased. In fact, we know that peripheral vascular disease is a strong marker for coronary artery disease. If you have peripheral vascular disease, there is a greater than 90% chance that you have concomitant coronary artery disease.

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