The best way to tell if your erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sign of heart disease is by talking with your doctor about your risk factors and signs of the disease. He or she may also check your blood pressure and take blood tests. Among the risk factors for heart disease are:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Lack of physical activity
- Age over 45 for men or 55 for women
- A close relative with heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. A doctor can work with you to control your heart disease and evaluate whether you are healthy enough for sex.