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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or maintain an erection that’s satisfactory for sexual function. It is one of the more common health problems men will encounter during their lives, with about 40 percent of men 40 or older and close to 70 percent of men over age 70 having erection issues.  

While age is a common factor, 80 percent of cases are traced to a physical problem or disorder.

ED also may be an early indicator of heart disease. In fact, for some men, it can predate serious cardiac complications by a decade. That’s because the arteries in the penis are smaller than those in the heart. So, the impact of coronary artery disease may be quicker to show up in that region.  Your doctor may send you for a cardiac evaluation to ensure there are no issues with your heart as they evaluate and treat your ED. 

Treatment Options

Doctors have a wide range of tools available to treat ED, with safe, noninvasive options leading the way.  Ask your doctor about potential side effects from each treatment.  Most of the treatments are used along with suggested lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, to improve sexual function. 

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