ED and cardiovascular disease Tag

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is defined by the National Institutes of Health as the inability of a man to achieve and maintain a penile erection sufficient for sexual activity.  ED is extremely prevalent, affecting up to 30 million men in the United States, suggesting that 52% of men aged 40-70 years experience ED to a greater or lesser degree.  Since 1998 and the launching of Viagra to the public, ED has become an openly discussed topic in the community and in doctors offices.  We are infiltrated with TV, Radio, and Newspaper advertisements that seek to enhance our sexual function with the aid of a simple pill; however, it is less commonly discussed or advertised that ED may be a predictor of cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart attacks and strokes).   In other words, “Could ED be the first sign of a blood flow problem that could cause a heart attack or stroke?”