A man may experience Erectile Dysfunction (ED) at any stage of life, due to various psychological issues. However ED is widely recognised as an indication of cardiovascular disease. Because of this link, it is essential sufferers of ED seek medical advice to identify or rule out vascular disease. Cardiovascular disease affects the flow of blood around the body. Erectile Dysfunction can occur when the body cannot supply enough blood to the penis, meaning it is not possible to achieve or maintain an erection.
The heart arteries are twice the size of those supplying the penis, so it may be common for a man to experience erectile difficulties long before symptoms affecting his heart appear. At London Bridge Hospital, we recognise how important sexual function is to our patients, and how difficulties in this area can have a huge impact on an individual’s or a couple’s life. Emma Waring is able to provide advice and treatment for cardiac patients suffering with these problems. If you are experiencing erectile difficulties, or any other sexual problem, don’t suffer in silence. Not only is it important to get help to treat these difficulties, it is also essential to look at the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Early diagnosis and treatment will help to prevent a cardiac event in the future.
The first appointment will be with a Cardiologist to assess your cardiovascular risk factors, this includes tests to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, body weight and family history. Once these risk factors have been addressed, and treated if necessary, then other causes of erectile difficulties or sexual problems can be considered. We understand that talking about sexual problems can be daunting.
Our counselling service is designed to help patients and their partners address sexual and relationship concerns in a sensitive, professional manner. Emma Waring qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1992 as a registered general nurse and specialised in cardiac nursing. In 2001 she obtained a degree in critical care nursing from King’s College and moved into a specialist nurse role at Guys and St Thomas’ setting up a clinic to specifically treat erectile dysfunction in cardiac patients. In 2004 Emma attained a post graduate diploma in psychosexual therapy at the University of Central Lancashire and in addition to her nursing role she began working as a sex and relationship therapist at Guy’s hospital in the Sex and Relationship clinic. Emma’s unique role was recognised when she won the Nursing Times rising star award in 2004.
Emma joined the London Bridge Hospital in October 2011 as a psychosexual nurse therapist and has set up a psychosexual therapy service for patients/couples experiencing sexual difficulties and/or relationship problems. Psychosexual counselling is rarely covered by private health insurance however Emma is able to offer patients up to four complimentary counselling sessions as part of their holistic care.