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Is erectile dysfunction common in men with heart or blood vessel disease?

Yes, men with cardiovascular disease are more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED). Cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction share many risk factors. Men who present to their doctors with erectile dysfunction should be screened for heart and blood vessel disease. Studies have shown that weight loss and increased physical activity can improve erectile dysfunction in obese patients.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in men with disease of the heart and blood vessels. An erection happens when a man's body pumps more blood into his penis. This can't happen as well if the blood is not flowing properly. When a man's arteries become clogged with plaque, blood can't get into the penis as well. Erectile dysfunction is often the first sign of a problem with a man's heart or blood vessels.

Heart and blood vessel disease are life-threatening conditions. Consult a doctor if you suspect you have or are at risk for either condition.

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