Truth be told, most men wouldn’t naturally associate cardiovascular issues or issues having to do with the heart and its arteries and veins to issues having to do with erectile dysfunction, which is otherwise known as the inability of attaining or maintain penile erection, but the two – in fact – are tied together in a couple of significant ways. Over the last several years, scientists and medical professionals have found that erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a direct predictor of cardiovascular dysfunction, as a matter of fact.

Reasons for why ED can be an indicator of possible cardio-involvement revolving around dysfunction in the heart or in its blood-carrying vessels have to do with the dysfunction in those same vessels. This is because of the interrelationship between a key chemical in the body’s blood vessels – nitric oxide (NO) in the kind of tissue that the male's penis is composed of. NO is a required substance in order for the penis to attain and maintain erection.

Unfortunately, when a male is suffering from some sort of cardiovascular issue the cells within the heart’s arteries and veins -- called endothelial cells -- are unable to produce sufficient amounts of nitric oxide and therefore the chemical is not available for the body to utilize to help the tissue of the penis become erect and turgid. It is for this reason that those males who have suffered ED with some regularity need to be checked for cardiovascular involvement.

This dysfunction of the endothelial cells, fortunately, can be addressed through lifestyle modification including changes in diet, weight loss and just a little bit of exercise. This would be in conjunction, at least initially, with certain cardiac or cardiovascular pharmaceuticals in order to address the far more serious problems surrounding involvement of the heart and its blood carrying vessels. Happily, correcting that problem will -- in many cases -- address the erectile dysfunction issue.

It is equally unfortunate, though, that many males will carry with them no small amount of shame over their problems with erection and will either blame themselves or their sex partner(s) or a combination of the two. Because of this perceived shame they will quite often fail to address the underlying issue with a physician or other health professional who may recognize the problem with ED as being an indicator of another more serious issue.

This has sadly led to the premature deaths of more than a few men who, instead of going to a doctor, went out and purchased some form of "little blue pill" rather than speaking to a health professional. This effort at so-called "self treatment" is both unnecessary and possibly harmful. And because they are so preoccupied with the relatively minor issue (at least as it applies in a medical/clinical sense) of erectile dysfunction they may fail to note certain signs and symptoms of cardiovascular problems.

Some of these signs may present themselves as minor shortness of breath, especially upon very light physical exertion, transient minor chest pain which might be mistaken for indigestion due to poor diet or other related issues. Additionally, men with a history of obesity, smoking and alcohol use will quite often experience ED but will fail to appreciate that they are physical condition and personal lifestyle habits might be creating issues involving their hearts and their blood carrying vessels.

This is why education efforts involving teaching men to understand what ED is and what it isn't and what it could mean for other systems within the body are so important. When the endothelial cells lining the walls of the blood carrying vessels of the heart failed to produce enough nitric oxide there is an eventual chain of events that can lead to serious medical dysfunction that can have far more long-lasting effects than just failure to attain and maintain an erection. Men need to be self-aware and confident enough to have the issue of ED addressed properly.

Author's Bio: 

Did you know that today we can find footprints of toxins within our bodies including petrochemicals, heavy metals, pesticides and organic solvents? And that we can uncover our exact deficiencies in fatty acids, amino acids, trace elements, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins?

This comes from a very unique approach that applies a specific science as the critical component in delivering personalized health maintenance to my clients. And this has become my passion.

My own health is what has driven me to become supremely qualified as a holistic health practitioner.
The journey began in 1984, when I first understood that the mind-body-soul connection is the key to vibrant health. It is called psycho-neuro–immunology. My path of discovery has been an exciting one and, at almost 70, I marvel at how it has worked to keep me focused, healthy and dynamic.

Helping people to understand how they can take charge of their own health has become my main priority. Hence, the educational process which shows others what is challenging their health and how to change is a rewarding process for both parties.

My education in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine with ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine ) started in 1999 and continues to this day as the understanding of the human body magnifies. If you click on the practitioners tab on their site, you will find me listed under Western Australia.

By 2002 I was involved in looking at pathology profiles with completely different eyes. It deepened my understanding of certain scientific laboratory technologies that can define and suggest how to rectify health imbalances before they mature into full-fledged disease.

Today we pinpoint dysfunctions in human physiology by measuring imbalances in digestion, hormones, acid stress, inflammation, calcium metabolism, oxidative stress, connective tissue strength and protein metabolism.

What all those big words mean is that, through specific technologies, I can help you get beyond individual symptoms so you can see the overall picture and dramatically improve your feeling of well-being.

To help me work even more effectively, I have invested in acquiring greater communication tools. In 1999, I obtained my qualifications as a Certified Master Practitioner in NLP and Certified Advanced Eriksonian Hypnosis.

I trained under Terry McGlendon whose program is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and Applied Psychology in Australia. He is the only Australian to be part of the original group that studied with highly esteemed co-developers Dr. Richard Bandler and Dr. John Grinder from its inception in 1972.

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