Erectile Dysfunction in Cardiovascular Disease

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or the needs of his partner.

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Causes

The prevalence of erectile dysfunction is higher in men with heart and vascular disease due ​​to the presence of a range of risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, atherosclerosis and smoking. These factors account for about 70% of ED causes. Between 35% and 50% of men with diabetes experience ED.

Related: Diabetes - Detection and Prevention

Some of the medicines such as anti-depressants, beta-blockers and diuretics may aggravate ED as well. Any heart disease patient who has ED (or sexual problems) should consult a physician.

Sexual dysfunction can also occur in females and there are multiple causes for it.

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