Older men that experience erectile dysfunction are being advised to see a doctor, as the condition could be an indication of heart complications. According to Dr John Tomlinson, GP for men's sexual health and trustee of the Sexual Advice Association, erectile dysfunction is one of the symptoms of furred arteries, particularly in men in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Furred arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, are caused by the build-up of fatty deposits, cholesterol, and waste products in the artery wall. "We're only just realising that having furred-up arteries as a middle-aged man is a warning sign that the potential for cardiovascular problems is very high," Mr Tomlinson stated. With 50 per cent of people with erectile dysfunction going on to experience cardiovascular complications or high cholesterol, it is important for men to consult a GP. A doctor will then make an assessment and check for problems like blood pressure and diabetes. Find the nearest Barchester care home.