Your Erection is your Heart-Health Barometer Gentlemen if you’re having trouble maintaining an erection it’s likely signal that your heart requires some attention. Erectile dysfunction (ED) shares several modifiable risk factors with cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis, hypertension, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, and other blood lipid markers), diabetes, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle. In fact, cardiologists sometimes call ED “the canary in the coal mine” because up to 75 percent of patients with chronic heart failure – an increasingly common cardiovascular disorder – report erectile dysfunction. Treat ED like the warning it is. Use it as a motivation to make necessary lifestyle changes, and make sure to have your heart evaluated by a doctor.
A Heads-Up on Erectile Dysfunction & Heart Disease