The ONE organ responsible for high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure and Erectile Dysfunction
ED from high blood pressure can be reversed, especially if you are generally healthy and high blood pressure is the sole culprit.
Conclusion: In patients with high-risk hypertension treated with beta-blockers, BP control was associated with a lower prevalence of ED, independently of age, cardiovascular disease, and medical treatments. The effect of BP control was higher in older patients.
High blood pressure and EDHigh blood pressure damages your arteries. Over time, it can cause your arteries to become less flexible and narrow. This reduces your blood flow. Not only does it put you at risk of heart attack and stroke, it also limits the blood that circulates to your penis. Proper blood flow through the arteries is needed to get and maintain an erection. Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause ED. However, some drug treatments for high blood pressure can also impair sexual function and cause ED. It may seem a bit like a vicious circle, but it isn’t necessarily. Not all high blood pressure medications cause ED.
Some blood pressure drugs are more likely to lead to ED than others. If you learn which high blood pressure drugs are more likely to cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect, then you can talk with your doctor about them. This will help you get treatment that is best for you both in and out of the bedroom.
Blood pressure drugs that are more likely to cause EDTwo types of blood pressure drugs — beta blockers and diuretics — are more likely to cause ED. Beta blockers: These drugs affect the same part of the nervous system responsible for causing erections. But they restrict blood flow to the penis, which can keep you from having an erection. Examples of beta blockers include:
- metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
- atenolol (Tenormin)
- propranolol (Inderal)
- carvedilol (Coreg)
Blood pressure drugs that are less likely to cause EDSome blood pressure drugs have fewer reports of ED from the men who have taken them. These drugs include:
- angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
- angiotensin II receptor blockers
- alpha blockers
- calcium channel blockers