PATIENT EDUCATION SERIES: Erectile dysfunction

February 2005 
Volume 35  Number 2
Pages 64 - 64
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  • What is erectile dysfunction?

  • How will my health care provider know I have ED?

  • How will my health care provider treat my ED?

  • How does my ED medicine help me?


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    What is erectile dysfunction?

    Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is an ongoing inability to get and keep an erection for sexual activity. The National Institutes of Health estimate that between 15 and 30 million American men have ED. In most cases, ED is a symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of medication, such as a drug taken for high blood pressure, heart disease, or depression. You're more likely to develop ED if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, prostate enlargement, spinal cord injury, or stroke; if you smoke or drink heavily; if you aren't very physically active; or if you're overweight. Certain kinds ...

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