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Erectile Dysfunction & High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (Hypertension) is a major cause of Erectile Dysfunction (ED). A paper published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society revealed that around 49% of men aged 40 to 79 with high blood pressure suffered with ED. There is also a link between high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction and high cholesterol.

To appreciate how high blood pressure can lead to ED, you first need to understand how erections work. Getting an erection is really a complicated process.

The penis consists of three tubes, one is the hollow urethra that carries urine and semen, and two are soft, spongy tubes called the corpora cavernosa. During an erection these two tubes fill with blood to stiffen the penis.

As you age high blood pressure damages the lining of the blood vessels causing arteries to harden and narrow. This limits blood flow to the penis. It also makes the physical exercise required during penetrative sex more of a challenge due to the physically demanding exercise required and you may experience difficulty in continuing.

Sometimes you can get an erection during foreplay but maintaining it after you start to have intercourse may be difficult as the blood flow weakens.

Men who discover that they have high blood pressure are prescribed drugs to lower their blood pressure, while this is linked to reduced risks of death, stroke, and heart disease – it is thought that as many as 50% of men do not take their medication because of sexual dysfunction.

GP’s will be careful about prescribing ‘little blue pills’ to men taking satins for high blood pressure and many men discover that after taking these pills for some time the effect wanes. That is why we recommend a course of shockwave treatment to restore erectile function as this will not interfere with your satins.

Peyronie’s Disease & High Blood Pressure

In the medical profession, we have a term called comorbidities. This refers to the simultaneous presence of two or more medical conditions or diseases in a patient. High blood pressure and diabetes are often comorbidities with both Peyronie’s Disease (PD) or ED, and it is not uncommon that some patients suffer from three conditions at the same time.

Some men with high blood pressure are prescribed Beta blockers. Beta blockers help lower the blood pressure by blocking a particular receptor in the nervous system. Receptors are affected by chemicals. One such chemical, Epinephrine, limits and restricts the blood vessels, causing your heart to pump harder. Beta blockers work by blocking these receptors.

It is thought that Beta blockers can also affect the nervous system, which is essential in enabling a man to have an erection. This can lead to inadequate erections in some men.

Beta blockers are also thought to be a contributory factor to PD. It is thought they can encourage fibrotic tissue disorders, leading to the formation of plaques and scars in the penis.

If you have high blood pressure and are suffering from ED, PD or both conditions we suggest you contact us now to discover how we help you with these problems.