Sexual problems might mean you have a broken heart, literally. Recent research has shown that erectile dysfunction might be a sign of underlying heart disease. How exactly are the two related is still a matter of investigation. The older view was that atherosclerosis (fat deposition within the blood vessels) was responsible for both erectile dysfunction and heart problems. The more recently blamed factor is endothelial (inner lining of the blood vessels) dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction might not always indicate a heart problem. However, it is worthwhile to get yourself evaluated by a urologist if you think you suffer from erectile dysfunction. Talk with your urologist about a broken sex life, and you might be able to prevent a broken heart.