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Is erectile dysfunction an indicator for heart disease?

Erectile dysfunction is considered a potential indicator of heart disease. Certain types of erectile dysfunction are due to poor circulation in the arteries that feed certain areas. You may want to get screened for heart disease and diabetes if you have erectile dysfunction.
For men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction at a level they are concerned about, treatment might include a check-up at a primary care physician’s office and/or conversations with a psychologist. But what many men do not know is that it might be a signal to consult a cardiologist.

Erectile dysfunction is sometimes a first indicator in men of heart disease. It can be a sign of narrowing and hardening of the arteries, called atherosclerosis, which restricts blood flow through the arteries and can make it more difficult for men to get and maintain an erection.

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, make sure the physician treating you for erectile dysfunction is aware of this. Popular erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil) can interact with a range of cardiovascular disease medications, including medicines containing nitroglycerine.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is caused by different factor, however it could signal heart disease if you have other risk factors like diabetes, you smoke, have high cholesterol or are overweight. The presence of these risk factors along with erectile dysfuction can be used as an indicator for co-existing heart diseases.

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