Atherosclerosis is the medical term for a build-up of fat, calcium, and other assorted gunk in the arteries. These formations, which are known as plaque, can make arteries stiff and narrow. Over time, they can become completely clogged.
The result? Atherosclerosis can cut off blood supply to your heart, resulting in a heart attack. However, atherosclerosis can also squelch blood flow to the penis, leading to erectile dysfunction.
Atherosclerosis is serious business. But if you have clogged arteries, your doctor can offer effective treatments that lower your risk for heart attacks and help you cope with erectile dysfunction.