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What increases the risk that ED is a sign of heart disease?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Erectile dysfunction is most likely a clue that you may have heart disease lurking if you possess certain risk factors common to both conditions. They include:
  • You are overweight
  • You smoke
  • You don't exercise
  • You have diabetes
  • You have high blood pressure
Men who have erectile dysfunction have double the risk of heart attacks. Fortunately, each of the risk factors listed here can be minimized or erased with lifestyle changes and medication. If you have erectile dysfunction talk to your doctor soon.

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