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ED as an Indicator

If you have erectile dysfunction (ED), it’s best to see your doctor for a full checkup. Doing so could save your life.

That’s because ED can be a symptom of a serious health condition, like cardiovascular disease.

Erectile dysfunction is a man’s inability to get an erection or to have one firm enough for satisfactory sex.

Under normal circumstances, a man’s penis fills with blood when he is sexually aroused.  This is what forms the erection.  However, for this to happen, the blood vessels in his penis need to be in good working order.

Sometimes blood flow problems develop.  For example, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) can occur in the penis. Plaque builds up the penile arteries.  This blocks the blood flow and makes it more difficult to get an erection.

A man with atherosclerosis in his penis may later develop blockages in the arteries near his heart. These blockages are much more serious, as they can cause heart attack and stroke.

Erectile dysfunction can also be a sign of diabetes, low testosterone, obesity, and substance abuse.

If you’re having a problem getting erections, don’t dismiss it as part of aging or as something that can’t be helped. It could be a sign of something more serious that needs attention. With treatment, you can improve your overall health along with your sex life.