According to the FDA, one out of three Americans struggles with high blood pressure. That statistic is important for a number of reasons. High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease, which leads to heart attacks and strokes.
And if you’re considering medication to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, then understand this. By taking drugs like Viagra or Cialis you could be putting your life in jeopardy. This includes their generic-drug counterparts, Sildenafil and Tadalafil.
Why? Well, to understand the answer to that question, you have to understand the mechanics behind these treatments. Both heart disease and erectile dysfunction are signs of high blood pressure. Therefore, treatment options have similar effects.
By combining similar effects of drugs, it’s a recipe for disaster. For example, both ED medication and heart disease have similar effects. They both work to lower your blood pressure. So imagine what happens when you combine the two.
Therefore, if you’re in treatment for heart disease, you can’t merely assume you can take ED medication. Especially not without your doctor’s blessings. Does that mean you’re completely out of luck if you’re struggling with sexual dysfunctions like ED or premature ejaculation? Not quite, but your options are limited.
Understanding The Role Of Nitric Oxide In ED & Heart Disease
So, here’s a question. Why is it a deadly combination to combine ED pills with heart disease treatments? Yes, both lower your blood pressure. But there’s more to it than that. ED medications also work to increase the production of nitric oxide.
They work by increasing the flow of blood throughout the body. This includes areas such as the sponge-like soft tissue of the penis. It does this through a process of vasodilation.
Vasodilation reduces the pressure on the blood vessel walls, thus increasing the flow of blood. Six times the regular flow of blood is required to get and maintain an erection. That’s why blood flow plays an integral role in sexual function. Of course, ED medication does more than just that.
Sildenafil and Tadalafil both also work by inhibiting phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). PDE5 plays a main role in taking an erect penis and returning it back to a flaccid state. However, the main function of ED medication is to reduce blood pressure. This increases the flow of blood, bringing normal sexual functions back.
However, nitrates, taken by individuals battling heart disease, also work to reduce blood pressure. High blood pressure puts a strain on the arteries and blood vessels, building up plaque over time. This clogs arteries and leads to heart attacks and strokes.
However, combining these with nitrates can prove deadly. Why? They both increase the production of nitric oxide. In turn, they both lower blood pressure. But the combination of the two is too is volatile. For that reason, you should always consult your doctor first if you’re taking medication like nitrates.
Can You Take ED Medication If You’ve Had A Heart Attack?
Here’s the question. What if you’ve had a heart attack and you’re not taking nitrates? Is it possible, then, to take ED medication? Keep in mind that Sildenafil (generic Viagra) was originally investigated as a medication to reduce blood pressure.
If you’re not taking nitrates, you might be in the clear. Does that mean you can take ED medication if you’ve had a heart attack? Again, that remains to be seen. Only your doctor can give you the final answer on that. But if you’re not on nitrates, then it’s a positive sign.
Please note that this is not intended as medical advice. And if you’ve suffered a heart attack in the past, look at the causes. Often, the same causes that attribute to things like heart attack and stroke also contribute to erectile dysfunction.
If you’re overweight or have alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems, you could be attributing to your ED. Smoking can also attribute to ED. So can high levels of stress and anxiety. While ED medication treats the symptoms, it’s best to tackle the causes.
If You Have Heart Disease & ED, What Can You Do?
If you have heart disease and you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, what do you do? Since you can’t take ED medication and nitrates together, what’s the approach? How can you treat your ED in a safe and meaningful way while not putting your life in danger?
Again, while most people tackle the symptoms, it’s best to tackle the causes. What’s causing your ED in the first place? Often, it boils down to a daily ritual. That could have something to do with what we put in our bodies. It could also have to do with environmental stress.
Keep in mind that the body releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. It’s part of the flight-or-fight response. But a component of that is to prioritize certain systems in the body over others. When we’re in a state of stress, our reproductive systems and digestive systems are limited.
Instead, the body prioritizes the skin and muscles. Think about the woman who can lift a car when her baby is in danger. It’s not science fiction. This super strength comes from the massive amounts of hormones released into the blood stream.
Finding The Right ED Medication For Your Situation
If you’re set on taking ED medication like Viagra or Cialis, here’s what you should do. First, you need to visit a doctor to discuss your unique situation. Don’t want to do a physical visit? No problem. With Alpha Club, we’ll arrange a virtual visit. You’ll never have to go in person.
During your (virtual) visit, you’ll need to explain your medical history. This way, our board-certified physician can make an accurate determination. They’ll do this by analyzing your medical history along with any medications you’re taking.
If you’re on nitrates, there’s simply no chance you can take medication to treat erectile dysfunction. Again, it could prove deadly. But, there are chances that if you stop taking nitrates that the doctor might give you the go-ahead. Again, that’s up to the doctor.
Don’t ever assume that you can take ED medication without the advice of a physician. You simply cannot. There are far too many factors involved. And it’s better to be safe than it is to be sorry. If you’re ready to start your doctor’s visit, click here to join Alpha Club.
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