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Heart disease can affect other organs in the body, including the male genitals causing erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is brought about by reduced blood flow secondary to atherosclerosis, the pathological process that results in hardening of the arteries. Therefore, risk factors that increase the incidence of heart disease also influence erectile dysfunction, including smoking, high blood pressure, poor exercise, a high fat diet, and increased levels of homocysteine (blood marker for cardiac disease). It is recommended that men who suffer from impotence should seek medical advice as it can be a symptom of a more severe disease, such as heart disease, which is the most common cause of death in Americans. Other causes of erectile dysfunction include pressure to perform sexually, excess alcohol consumption, low libido, tiredness, depression, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, complications of surgery to the area, and side effects of drugs.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by University of Michigan Health System
About: Heart disease link to impotence
Date: 28 June 2005
Source: University of Michigan Health System
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