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Could erectile dysfunction be life-threatening?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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