Could erectile dysfunction be life-threatening?

Not in itself, but erectile dysfunction can be a predictor of heart disease and death, especially death from heart disease.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Losing your ability to get an erection can make life seem a lot less exciting. But erectile dysfunction (ED) itself is not a life-threatening condition. On the other hand, erectile dysfunction can be a sign that you have some other  condition that needs your doctor's attention. 

For instance, if you have erectile dysfunction, it could be evidence of problems in your arteries. In order to achieve an erection, blood must be able to flow freely through the arteries and fill chambers in the penis, causing it to expand. Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other conditions can damage the arteries.

Bottom line: If you have erectile dysfunction, it could be a sign of an even more serious problem. See your doctor for a full check-up, soon.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a warning sign of a serious, even life-threatening health condition. For example, ED may be a sign of nerve damage or impaired blood flow to the penis caused by chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension or multiple sclerosis. Medications used to treat hypertension and depression may also result in ED. Lifestyle habits such as overeating and obesity, cigarette smoking, and excessive alcohol drinking can result in ED and shorten your lifespan.

While ED is not life-threatening, the causes of ED should be taken very seriously.

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