Sex and the Heart: Erectile Dysfunction's Link to Cardiovascular Disease

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Analyzing a dysfunction that affects nearly half of all men in the United States between the ages of 40 and 70, this study presents the most current information on erectile dysfunction (ED). Confronting the all-too-popular conception that ED is an isolated problem, this overview reveals that erectile dysfunction can in fact be a symptom of underlying cardiovascular disease. Based on 20 years of medical experience, this investigation explains the importance of a proper evaluation, depending on ...

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Overview

Analyzing a dysfunction that affects nearly half of all men in the United States between the ages of 40 and 70, this study presents the most current information on erectile dysfunction (ED). Confronting the all-too-popular conception that ED is an isolated problem, this overview reveals that erectile dysfunction can in fact be a symptom of underlying cardiovascular disease. Based on 20 years of medical experience, this investigation explains the importance of a proper evaluation, depending on specific symptoms. Ideal treatments are also covered, including Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, penile injections and implants, testosterone gels, intraurethral medications, vacuum pumps, and constriction rings.

AWARD: Sex and the Heart received a Bronze Award from National Health Information in the category Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention Information

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Addicus Books is a winner of the National Health Information Award,recognizing the nation's best consumer health information programs and materials; Sex and the Heart received a Bronze Award for Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention Information

"Clearly presented and includes useful photos and diagrams. This stands apart from other books by physicians on the topic."  —Library Journal

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Steidle, a urologist, and Casperson, a nurse practitioner, offer the simple message that erectile dysfunction (ED) should not be evaluated and treated as an isolated problem but as a warning of potentially more serious issues. While other factors may be the cause of ED, the serious consequences of silent and progressive atherosclerosis make it essential for the cardiovascular system to be included in any workup of erectile dysfunction. The authors make their point early and then devote most of the book to brief discussions of risk factors common to both situations, useful lifestyle changes, and references to diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions that can be related. Both medical and surgical options are discussed, and one chapter focuses on female sexual dysfunction. Ten appendixes offer a variety of self-assessment questionnaires. The information, while it doesn't break any new ground, is clearly presented and includes useful photos and diagrams. This stands apart from other books by physicians on the topic, such as J. Stephen Jones's Overcoming Impotence, because of its emphasis on the ED-heart connection. Recommended for large public libraries.
—Dick Maxwell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886039964
  • Publisher: Addicus Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 237
  • Sales rank: 1,027,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher P. Steidle, MD, is a board-certified urologist in private practice at Northeast Indiana Urology and a clinical associate professor of urology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. A consultant and lecturer on sexual dysfunction and prostate disease, he is the author of The Impotence Source Book and Testosterone: A User’s Manual. Janet Casperson, ANP-C, is a board-certified nurse practitioner at Northeast Indiana Urology, where she currently directs the sexual health and penile rehabilitation programs. She has treated patients for cardiovascular disease and sexual dysfunction for more than 20 years and has served as a consultant to numerous sexual health clinics across the United States. They both live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. John J. Mulcahy, MD, is a professor of urology at the University of Indiana. He received his undergraduate training at Holy Cross College and completed his medical degree at Georgetown University. Dr. Mulcahy is the president of the Society for the Study of Impotence and the cochairman of the Sexual Function Council of the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Erectile Dysfunction and Cardiovascular Disease 1

1 Erectile Dysfunction and the Heart 3

2 Overview: Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Erectile Dysfunction 12

Part II Conditions Related to Heart Disease and Erectile Dysfunction 23

3 Diabetes 25

4 Dyslipidemia 32

5 Hypertension 39

6 Low Testosterone and Sexual Dysfunction 46

Part III Diagnosis and Treatment for ED 57

7 How Erectile Dysfunction Is Diagnosed 59

8 Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction 74

9 Penile Implant Surgery 85

10 Safe Sex: It's Not Only Avoiding STDs 101

11 Repair, Restore, and Rejuvenate Your Sex Life 110

Part IV Women and Sexual Dysfunction 129

12 Female Sexual Dysfunction 131

In Closing 143

Appendix A 145

Appendix B 148

Appendix C 152

Appendix D 153

Appendix E 162

Appendix F 165

Appendix G 173

Appendix H 176

Appendix I 178

Appendix J 184

Bibliography 186

Index 202

About the Authors 221

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