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Does cardiovascular disease cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You could call cardiovascular disease the ground zero of most erectile dysfunction (ED), or the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex. Cardiovascular disease squelches blood flow throughout your body. Less blood flow means less blood flowing into your penis—and softer erections or, worse, none at all. Here’s the depressing kicker: The medication used to treat cardiovascular disease, and its closely related companions, such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, also cause erectile dysfunction. So, if you don’t get ED from cardiovascular disease, you may develop it as a side effect of medicines used to treat your chronic conditions. You don't have to sit there and take it, though: Talk with your doctor about lifestyle changes you can make to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease.

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