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'Canary In Your Trousers': Why Erectile Dysfunction Can Signal Heart Disease

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  • Even slight problems maintaining an erection can be a sign of serious health problems elsewhere in your body, namely in your heart.
  • Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have an increased risk of heart-related problems, including heart failure, stroke and heart disease, according to new research.
  • Even among those with mild ED, the risks of certain heart problems, as well as the risk of dying prematurely from any cause, was greater than in those without.
  • Erectile dysfunction appears to be an important biomarker for heart disease, which means if you have it you need to get your heart health checked out right away by a qualified health care practitioner.
  • There are a number of lifestyle choices and supplements that can contribute to restoring healthy sexual function without resorting to potentially dangerous drugs like Viagra.

By Dr. Mercola

Many men are reluctant to discuss erectile dysfunction (ED), but this isn't only a matter that affects your intimate life. Even slight problems maintaining an erection can be a sign of serious health problems elsewhere in your body, namely in your heart.


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