Is erectile dysfunction serious?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
How serious you consider erectile dysfunction (ED) depends to a degree on your priorities. Is sex important to you? If you're like most men, the answer is an enthusiastic yes. However, you might not feel that way. If so, erectile dysfunction may not way heavily on your mind.

On the other hand, erectile dysfunction is often a symptom of some other medical condition, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and others. If you have problems with erections, tell your doctor.

Erectile dysfunction can have serious impacts on your life, but the condition is usually treatable and isn't life-threatening. Erectile dysfunction can cause emotional and psychological problems for you or your partner, which may have serious effects. Sometimes, erectile dysfunction may be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. In most cases, though, erectile dysfunction is treatable, meaning it's temporary and not too serious.

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