Could preventing cardiovascular disease help prevent ED?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Absolutely. In many ways, erectile dysfunction (ED) is a cardiovascular disease. I'm a cardiac surgeon and I can tell you that erection problems are a pretty common complaint in my practice. My urologist friends who treat ED often tell me they diagnose cardiovascular disease in their practices. The reason we're seeing each other's specialties while treating our patients is that the two conditions share many of the same risk factors -- high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol levels, and smoking -- and because they both reflect damage to blood vessels. If we eliminated cardiovascular disease, I think we'd have far less ED.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a caused by another health condition or may be a sign of one. For instance, cardiovascular (heart and vessel) disease is one of the most common risk factors for developing ED. Over time, heart disease can damage blood vessels that direct blood flow to the penis during arousal, causing problems getting or maintaining an erection.

Preventing heart disease may also help prevent ED. Your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, losing weight and increasing physical activity.

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