What is atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis is the process of narrowing of arteries because of the plaque formation. Plaque is the waxy substance comprised of lipids.
Atherosclerosis is a common cause of heart attacks. We have arteries called coronary arteries that are designed to supply the heart with oxygen. Normally blood vessels are carrying the blood which is full of oxygen to the cardiac muscle cells, this way allowing cardiac muscle cells to function in a proper way. Which basically means the heart is working in its normal way.
What happens during the atherosclerosis scenario? Plaques are formed and blood cannot possibly be delivered to the heart in the normal way, that is, the blood flow to the heart is significantly reduced. As a consequence of this, the cardiac muscle cells are deprived of oxygen.
What are the symptoms of atherosclerosis?
The symptoms of atherosclerosis include:
- Angina, which is the pain in the chest area
- Feeling faint
What happens if atherosclerosis is severe?
If atherosclerosis is severe, it can actually completely block the blood supply altogether. As a result, a patient would get ischemia of cardiac muscle cells. These cells will die eventually and a patient would get a heart attack (or heart failure.)
Another place atherosclerosis can happen is carotid arteries.
This type of atherosclerosis is accompanied by symptoms of:
- Severe headache;
- Difficult or laboured breathing;
- Facial numbness;
So these symptoms look more dangerous. This is because carotid arteries are responsible for blood supply for the brain. You can have a stroke in addition if you have atherosclerosis in these arteries.
Atherosclerosis can also cause peripheral vascular disease, which is a reduced circulation of blood to the organs other than the brain or heart.
This is very important because it can affect the liver or the genital area and cause erectile dysfunction.
The comorbid disorders of this type of atherosclerosis include:
- Hair loss;
- Weakening of the affected area;
- Erectile dysfunction.
What distinguishes atherosclerosis from arteriosclerosis?
To put it simply, arteriosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries, while atherosclerosis is the actual narrowing of the arteries. They are hardening too as the result, but what starts atherosclerosis is the process of shrinking the tubes of arteries due to the processes we just described above.
Let’s talk about atherosclerosis in connection with erectile dysfunction. How these two diseases are actually connected with each other?
As we pointed out already, erectile dysfunction is very often a tell-tale sign of atherosclerosis.
It is observed among the patients, that erectile dysfunction in one form or the other usually happens three to five years prior a heart attack. That is why we at Canadian Pharmacy highly recommend treating erectile dysfunction as soon as you will see the symptoms of it. You will be taking care of much more than just your sexual functions.
Let’s see the connection between ED and atherosclerosis in detail. If you have atherosclerosis, your vessels are not functioning properly, they do not dilate as they should, cholesterol level increases dramatically, and as a result, plaques are formed. This makes the vessels weaker and much narrower. The blood flow cannot move as it should through them. In the critical stage, the blood flow cannot go through the vessels at all, resulting in a heart attack.
As we discussed, one of the places atherosclerosis reaches out to, is the genital area, the penis. It is usually targeted first, only then comes the heart, the brain, the liver, and other organs of the body. The early stages of atherosclerosis are known as endothelial dysfunction.
That is both a bad thing and a good alarming sign that you absolutely must visit a urologist to treat the complex disease.If you prevent endothelial dysfunction at these early stages, you can save your life.
What are atherosclerosis treatments recommended by Smart Canadian Pharmacy?
It is highly recommended to adopt the whole set of treatments of atherosclerosis, after consulting with your doctor.
These may include, depending on a particular case:
- The changes in one’s lifestyle. These would include the changes in your diet, a stress management, increased physical activity, giving up smoking;
- Surgery procedures;
- The treatment with medications.
You will want to have as a result of these measures:
- To lower the forming of blood clots;
- To prevent atherosclerosis becoming critical;
- To reduce risk factors while slowing the forming of plaque;
- To relieve existing symptoms;
- To widen the arteries that are clogged;
- Lowering the risk of blood clots forming.
The medicines that lower cholesterol levels are often recommended by doctors. This is because the lower cholesterol levels you have, the more you are decreasing the chance of a heart attack.
The medicines that belong to a class of statins, or lipid lowering medications, are usually prescribed in atherosclerosis.
Canadian Pharmacy specialists also recommend considering treating atherosclerosis with Viagra and similar medications. Viagra is increasing the blood supply to the genital area, which is affected first in the case of atherosclerosis.
How efficient are ED treatments in atherosclerosis?
It is crucial to understand that erectile dysfunction and atherosclerosis have many things in common. Both conditions have similar risk factors (smoking, elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and various sorts of diabetes).
They have the same pathophysiology which is affected by endothelial dysfunction. If a patient has erectile dysfunction, he runs a risk of having of silent vascular disease. This is both bad and good. It is bad for obvious reasons, and it is good because it allows medics to reveal predisposition for comorbid conditions such as atherosclerosis.
The treatment of erectile dysfunction with the three main known PDE5 inhibitors (sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil) have been studied very carefully with patients who had erectile dysfunction alongside with cardio-vascular diseases. The conducted studies revealed that all three active components result in a high efficacy in dealing with erectile dysfunction, while having absolutely no adverse effects on cardiovascular disorders.
While these ingredients help improving the blood flow to the genital area and to the overall blood supply across the organism, it is necessary to further investigate and intervene if atherosclerosis symptoms are still there.
What are the other ED treatments except Viagra Online are available at Smart Canadian Pharmacy?
There are plenty of choices available that would help achieving effects similar to Viagra’s. These are Cialis, Kamagra, Levitra, and some others.
If you are not sure which medication would work best for you, we recommend seeking an advice from one of the professional doctors from our Smart Canadian Pharmacy team. We are available to help you at all times.