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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredIt sure can be. Most cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) have physical causes, and the most common ones are cardiovascular. Your blood needs to flow well, so your penis can get hard and stay that way long enough to have satisfying sex. The same cardiovascular problems that can lead to heart disease just might affect your penis first. These include high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels. Think of your penis as a health dipstick. It’s your early warning system. If you are having problems with blood flow down below, it’s a wakeup call to pay more attention to your cardiovascular health. See your doctor to check out your heart’s health. It is certainly possible that your ED is the result of other causes, but a cardiovascular problem is the most common cause.
Harris McIlwain, Pain Medicine, answeredMen who develop erectile dysfuntion (ED) or impotence because of blood flow problems may have underlying heart disease even though they are not experiencing any other symptoms, according to some researchers. The findings of the link between ED and heart disease provide another important reason why men should undergo a thorough health examination rather than simply take medications to treat the impotency.