• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: Erectile dysfunction and heart disease

December 6, 2019
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Erectile dysfunction: A sign of heart disease?
Erectile dysfunction — the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex — can be an early warning sign of current or future heart problems. The same process that creates heart disease also may cause erectile dysfunction, only earlier. Here's what you need to know.

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