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What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is often a symptom of poor circulation for men. ED refers to the consistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection. For an erection to occur, a specific sequence of event needs to take place, allowing blood to enter the penis while restricting the outflow of blood. The pressure created by this “trapped” blood is what maintains an erection. If there is a consistent breakdown in any steps in the sequence, erectile dysfunction is the result. Erectile dysfunction may occur at any age, however, the occurrence of ED is increasingly common as men age. However, it should not be considered a natural part of aging.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

In older men, there may be physical or medical conditions that contribute to erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction may be caused by a combination of medical, physical, hormonal, and psychological factors including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Physical injury
  • Side effects from prescription medications
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Low Testosterone
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Guilt and fear of poor sexual performance

We will help you zero in on the problem and assist to design a corrective treatment plan.

Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is diagnosed by evaluating a patient’s medical and psychological history, performing a physical evaluation, and conducting a series of laboratory and radiological tests that may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Lipid profiles
  • Urinalysis
  • Thyroid function tests
  • Testosterone measurements
  • Vascular Ultrasounds

ED Treatment In Laurel, MD

  • Medication
  • Psychological therapy
  • Arterial or Venous Revascularization
  • Penile implants
  • Hormonal treatments

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Erectile Dysfunction Prevention

Not all cases of erectile dysfunction can be prevented, however, Dr. Dormu may recommend the following lifestyle changes as a precaution:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Stop use of tobacco products
  • Cut back on alcohol use
  • Reduce stress
  • Control of diabetes
  • Manage high blood pressure

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GAINSWave™ is the premium brand of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for ED.

Treatment is all-natural and clinically proven using high-frequency shockwaves to enhance male sexual function, performance, and overall health. It is the only non-invasive procedure that treats the root cause of erectile dysfunction in men by increasing blood flow, releasing growth factors in the tissue forming new blood vessels, and breaking down micro-plaque in the penis.

  • Drug-free & Surgery Free
  • Totally Non-Invasive
  • Simple In-Office Procedure
  • Over 75% Success Rate
  • No Downtime
  • Little to No Known Side Effects

Is Erectile Dysfunction a Normal Part of Aging?

Although the risk of erectile dysfunction can increase as men get older, it is not guaranteed to occur just because of age. Older men can continue to get satisfaction from sexual experiences as well as have their erectile dysfunction treated regardless of age.

How Common is Erectile Dysfunction?

According to the Mayo Clinic, more than half the men aged 40 to 70 will experience erectile dysfunction in some form. The condition is different for everyone, with varying underlying causes. You will need to schedule an appointment with a qualified healthcare provider to diagnose the cause and receive the appropriate treatment.

Who is Not a Suitable Candidate For Erectile Dysfunction Treatment?

Although many men can benefit from erectile dysfunction treatment, there are certain factors that disqualify some people from being eligible candidates. 

These factors include the following:

  • Uncontrolled medical conditions - Having a medical condition, such as heart disease, hypertension, angina, liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes, can increase the risk of complications of erectile dysfunction treatment.
  • Recent heart attack or stroke - If you have had a heart attack or stroke within the past six months, you may not be eligible for medications such as Viagra. This is because it can increase the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular episode.
  • Using nitrate medications - If you are using nitrate medication to treat angina, mixing it with erectile dysfunction medication can cause your blood pressure to drop to dangerous levels.
  • Having an allergy to the medication - If you are allergic to the medications, you will need to avoid them. Taking this medication with an allergy can be life-threatening and warrant immediate medical attention. 
  • Having a severe penile deformity - Men who have a severe penile deformity, such as phimosis, are not suitable candidates for erectile dysfunction treatment. More specifically, they cannot use a vacuum erection device or have a penile injection. 

Prior to your treatment, the doctor will assess your medical history as well as what is causing your erectile dysfunction. This is to ensure you can safely proceed with treatment.

Can Medication Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Yes, it is possible that taking certain medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and antihypertensives, can cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect. You will need to talk to your doctor about any concerns regarding the side effects of the medication you are taking.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Permanent?

In most cases, erectile dysfunction is usually temporary, but it can also be a chronic condition as well. It ultimately depends on what the cause is. Erectile dysfunction treatment has a high success rate, allowing men to enjoy sexual activity. However, if your case is chronic, you may need to have ongoing treatment.

Can Erectile Dysfunction Affect My Relationships?

Yes, erectile dysfunction can have an impact on your personal relationships. It can cause frustration, embarrassment, and even low self-esteem for both you and your partner. During this time, it is critical that you have open communication and support with your partner and seek out treatment together.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

To learn more about how we can treat your erectile dysfunction, contact Minimally Invasive Vascular Center. Call us today at (855) 803-6482 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Laurel and surrounding areas in Maryland.

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At Minimally Invasive Vascular Center in Laurel MD, your care and treatment is our top priority. If you any questions or concerns and would like meet with a consultant, please call us at (855) 803-6482 or contact us with your information. We look forward to providing you with the best solutions for your vascular needs.

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Laurel, MD 20708

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Friday: 9am – 1pm
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