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  • Heart Issues and ED: Canadian Health&Care Mall on the line

    Erectile dysfunction almost inevitably implies cardiovascular risk factors – not accidentally the doctors recommend undergoing cardiac tests for ED patients. There is a growing body of data indicating that ED can be an early sign of systemic vascular lesions. Cardiovascular diseases treatment may accelerate the development of ED problems. Inhibitors of phosphodiesterase type 5 (also known as PDE-5), the far-famed sildenafil citrate, vardenafil and tadalafil, considered as a first choice medications in a good share of cases, have no noteworthy impact on the cardiovascular system, meaning their reception does not provoke myocardial infarction and coronary death. The use of PDE5 inhibitors with various antihypertensive drugs is quite effective and safe. The use of nitrates continues to be a major contraindication to drugs from the group of PDE-5 inhibitors. Sexual activity in the application of PDE-5 inhibitors and Viagra products is safe for most patients with stable cardiac symptoms, but patients with severe and unstable heart disease require further cardiac evaluation before resuming to full sexual activity.

    Full sex life empowers confidence in males’ self-esteem, improves mood and overall psychological vitality. Many epidemiological studies have noted a direct relationship between sexual activity and length of life of men. At the same time we should not think that issues of sexuality are only the interest in young men. According to studies, more than 60% of men over the age of 80 years are still living a sexual life in varying degrees. At the same time a significant number of men of middle-aged and elderly have different cardiovascular risk factors. At the domestic level, there is a large number of different kinds of misconceptions, according to which sex can often be the cause of stroke, myocardial infarction (MI) or death. These misconceptions are reinforced by stories about famous people, whose death associated with sexual activity. For example, in 1975, former US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died at the age of 70 in the company of his 25-year-old assistant Megan Marshak. Such cases give rise to false allegations that normal sexual activity can be dangerous.

    All of the above makes it extremely important for a wide audience to get acquainted with therapeutic profile of cardiovascular safety of sexual activity. Unfortunately, currently many cardiologists and internists still do not provide enough data on the sexual life risks, and not always consider it worthy of serious attention. At the same time fear and uncertainty in the safety of sexual activity may lead to a complete denial of sexual activity – a short path to depressive disorders, capable, according to recent data, of aggravating heart disease. A full consultation on these issues can save patients from unnecessary fears by returning to them and their mates confidence in the safety of continuation or resumption of sexual activity.