Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)

These drugs work by improving blood flow into the penis temporarily. However, they don't improve the underlying problem in erectile dysfunction. They also don't prevent or treat atherosclerosis elsewhere in the body.

The only way to slow down or prevent atherosclerosis is to reduce your risk factors. Don't smoke. Get your cholesterol and blood pressure under control. Exercise regularly. Eat right.

Erectile dysfunction can be the "canary in the coal mine" for serious complications of atherosclerosis. If you suffer from poor erections or impotence, take it seriously. See your doctor, and ask if more than your sex life may be at risk.

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on November 05, 2007

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