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Is erectile dysfunction the result of atherosclerosis?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be the result of atherosclerosis or the narrowing of the arteries because of the build-up of cholesterol.  With the narrowing of the arteries, the movement or flow of blood is limited. The arteries that supply the penis with blood are much smaller than other arteries in the body. That's why ED may be an early warning sign of atherosclerosis. There is treatment for atherosclerosis, so talk with your doctor about your situation.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The word atherosclerosis may be unfamiliar to some people, but it can trigger two common problems: heart disease and erectile dysfunction.

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.

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