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How can I avoid erectile dysfunction (ED) if I have heart disease?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have heart disease, there are things you can do right now to avoid erectile dysfunction (ED), or the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex. Heart disease restricts the blood flow to your organs, especially your penis. Less blood flowing down under prevents you from achieving an erection. Here's how you can fight back: Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a low-fat diet rich in whole grains, lean meats, and leafy green vegetables and shelving junk food. Get at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day by exercising, walking, or doing yard work. Don't smoke and only drink in moderation. Talk to your doctor about other lifestyle changes you can make to improve your heart health.

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