Listen to your penis, erectile dysfunction is a heart disease risk - Dr Shingai

Heart disease can be connected to your sexual health.

Erectile dysfunction is a cardiovascular risk, says urologist and sexual health expert Dr Shingai Mutambirwa.

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If a man has an untreated episode of erectile dysfunction for three months or longer, he has a 15% chance of getting a heart attack, stroke or loss of limb in the following four years.

According to Dr Shingai, erectile dysfunction may be a sign of atheromatous plaque in the blood vessel to the penis.

Atheromatous plaque can develop in the deep artery of the penis.

Also read: Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Plaque is an accumulation of cholesterol, fat and other lipid compositions that form on the inner walls of vessels, Dr Shingai explains.

He encourages all men to go for a medical check up if affected by erectile dysfunction.

Exercise improves the amount of blood flowing to the heart by three to five times.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

Every time you get an erection, you're increasing the amount blood flowing into your penis by between 100 and 120 times.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

The main blood vessel that supplies the penis, the penile artery, is about half the size of the main blood vessel to the heart.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

Atheromas are the one's which rupture and cause heart attacks, strokes and loss of limbs.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

If you have a similar-sized plaque in the blood vessel to the penis, your're going to get erection problems because there is no blood flow.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

Erectile dysfunction is a cardiovascular risk.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

If you have erectile dysfunction, your body is telling you: Listen dude, there's a problem here.

Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, urologist and sexual health expert

Dr Shingai also fielded several questions from listeners regarding sexual health.

Take a listen to his expert advice:


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