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Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Peyronie's disease (bending of the penis caused by scar tissue)
- Endocrine disorders (hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, hyperprolactinemia, Cushing syndrome)
- Neurological disorders (such as multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, stroke)
- Myotonic dystrophy
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Psychiatric disorders (such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia)
- Psychological problems (stress, personal relationships, new partners)
- Vascular surgery
- Urologic surgery, such as prostate surgery
- Pelvic surgeries (particularly for prostate cancer)
- Spinal cord injury
- Alcohol use
- Illegal drug use (such as heroin, marijuana)
- Anabolic steroid use
- Heavy smoking
- Histamine blockers
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013