Harvard Heart Letter

Treating cardiovascular risk factors also aids ED

Erection problems (known as erectile dysfunction, or ED) and cardiovascular disease often occur together. Clogging of arteries by cholesterol-laden plaque and damage to the inner lining of blood vessels from high blood pressure contribute to both conditions.

It would make sense, then, that treating heart disease risk factors with cholesterol-lowering statins and lifestyle changes — such as exercise, smoking cessation, and weight control — might help men with their erections.

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