What came first, ED or the stroke?
This is not a joke. It’s a question a new study in the European Heart Journal asked.
And the results may shock you enough to really get serious about your heart health as well as ED.
The researchers recruited 153 patients who had suffered ischemic strokes, which occurs when blood vessels to or inside your brain are blocked by cholesterol or blood clots.
On the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) scale, non-stroke patients scored between an average of 23 (the lower the score, the more severe the ED). However, post-stroke patients scored 15.
When scientists analyzed other factors, they found high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes were much higher in stroke patients.
They discovered stroke patients also took heart medications after their strokes, including ACE inhibitors, calcium antagonists, beta blockers, diuretics, statins, antidiabetics, insulin, antiplatelets, anticoagulants, and antidepressants, which likely contributed to ED problems post-stroke.
This is why it is so important to control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar before you get yourself to the point where a stroke occurs.
These heart conditions already impair your ability to have an erection, but a stroke may completely destroy it.