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Heart and cardiovascular system

Heart disease, did you know that it can cause erectile dysfunction?

January 1, 2018

Among those suffering from ischemic heart diseases, which are heart diseases that induce an insufficient supply of oxygen and blood to the heart muscle, 46% suffer from erectile dysfunction – explain the specialists of the Operative Unit of Hemodynamics and Interventional Cardiology at Humanitas Gavazzeni Bergamo.


Erectile dysfunction is a condition that, in 75% of cases, leads to the impossibility of having an erection. It mainly concerns people over 70, but it also affects men of younger age, especially if exposed to cardiovascular risk factors. If on one hand ischemic heart disease can induce erectile dysfunction, on the other, the appearance of an erectile problem, in many cases, anticipates a cardiovascular event in a few years, sometimes being an alarm bell from the point of view of atherosclerotic diseases. To prevent erectile dysfunction, it is important to follow the guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease:


– avoid cigarette smoking


– control diabetes or hypertension


– maintain a healthy lifestyle


– in case of previous coronary angioplasty, healthy lifestyle advice is particularly important


Finally, at the first signs of an erectile problem, consult a specialist in complete confidence to start an immediate diagnostic procedure if necessary.

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