Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED ) is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED is also known as impotence. It increases with age; approximately half of men between the ages of 40 to 70 have some degree of ED while an estimated 70 per cent of men over 70 have the problem.

Eamonn Brady, pharmacist from Whelehans Pharmacy, explains that ED is often an early sign that blood vessels are narrowing. This can happen due to clogging with fatty substances like cholesterol. As the blood vessels in the penis are a lot smaller than the blood vessels elsewhere in the body, they are often affected first. Having ED is often considered an early warning sign for cardiovascular disease as it often develops before larger blood vessels such as coronary arteries get clogged. A recent large international study found that men with ED are twice as likely to have a heart attack, 10 per cent more likely to have a stroke, and 20 per cent more likely to be admitted to hospital with heart failure. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can be life saving.

Easily treated

Unfortunately, many men are embarrassed to go to their doctor to get treatment for erectile dysfunction. There is nothing to be embarrassed about; it is a common circulatory problem encountered by hundreds of thousands of Irish men. It is easily treated with some simple lifestyle changes and certain prescription medicines.

Can L-Arginine be of benefit?

L-Arginine can reduce stress on the heart, improve circulation, and lower blood pressure. By naturally dilating blood vessels, it may ease the symptoms of circulation problems like erectile dysfunction. ProArgi-9 is an L’Arginine supplement available through Whelehans Pharmacy. L-Arginine is not meant as a substitute for proper medical assessment with your doctor and should not replace prescription medication.

Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse Street, Mullingar (opposite the Greville Arms Hotel ). Tel (044 ) 9334591 or see www.whelehans.ie

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