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Do cardiovascular disease and ED share the same risk factors?

Heart disease shares some risk factors with erectile dysfunction (ED). And heart and blood vessel problems are risk factors for erectile dysfunction. The conditions also have some separate risk factors. Always talk to your doctor if you suspect you have heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Among the other risk factors for erectile dysfunction are:
  • High blood sugar and diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress, anxiety or depression
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Some prescription medications, including some for pain depression or high blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Brain or spinal-cord injuries
  • Low testosterone and other hormone problems
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Radiation therapy to the testicles
  • Stroke
  • Prostate, bladder, colon and rectal surgery
The most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease are:
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Overweight
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Over age 45 for men or 55 for women
  • A close relative with heart disease
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some of the same risk factors that raise the odds of developing cardiovascular disease can also produce problems for a man in the bedroom. They include:
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
Scientists are studying the link between cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction. But it seems clear that these common risk factors increase the risk for atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. Jammed arteries can cut off blood flow to the heart and penis, resulting in both cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction.

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