Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a predictor of cardiovascular disease, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The link isn’t farfetched, since ED is triggered by a lower blood supply to the penis caused by blockages in the smaller arteries. Cardiovascular disease is affected by blockages of the larger arteries in the heart and throughout the body. Studies show that ED symptoms may act as a warning flag for the first signs of heart disease by about four years. Researchers discovered that men with ED are 40% more likely than those without ED to develop cardiovascular disease. If you’re experiencing ED, tell your doctor so you can get early treatment before the possibility of a heart attack arises. Fight cardiovascular disease with regular exercise and get tons of training and fitness tips from the newly re-launched Reps! magazine.