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Is erectile dysfunction a sign of heart disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be caused by another 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. Your doctor can recommend tests to find out whether ED is related to another health issue. 

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