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What causes ED?

Common health problems associated with ED.

Heart disease


Patients with ED often also have heart disease, whether they know it or not. A person who has heart disease typically has clogged or narrowed blood vessels (arteries).

This reduces the flow of blood throughout the body, including the penis, with the result that erections may not be very hard.

 


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High cholesterol / High Blood Pressure

High blood cholesterol can narrow arteries and constrain blood flow, leading to high blood pressure over time. All blood vessels are affected by high cholesterol, including those in the penis. When blood is restricted from flowing smoothly to the penis, this can make it difficult to get an erection.


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High levels of cholesterol in the blood are deposited on the side of blood vessels, leading to narrowed and clogged blood vessels. This restricts the smooth flow of blood - leading to high blood pressure - and the heart is required to do more work to pump the blood through the body. All blood vessels are affected by high cholesterol and high blood pressure, including those to the penis. When blood is restricted or prevented from flowing smoothly into the arteries of the penis, this can make it difficult to get a hard erection.

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