In Memoriam: Dr. Graham Jackson

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In Memoriam: Dr. Graham Jackson

We bear tragic and unexpected news, of a great man and legend in his field. Dr Graham Jackson, sadly, and prematurely, died on the 28th April 2016. He had a debilitating illness which he fought bravely, and without complaint, working and sending messages, right up to the very last minute.

He was a Consultant Cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital, London, and BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital in Croydon, Surrey. Graham’s NHS medical base was as a senior cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

His special interest included the detection, management and treatment of sexual dysfunction in cardiac patients. He was the first cardiologist to establish a clinic specifically for patients with sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease in the UK.

He was the principal UK investigator in several lipid lowering trials including PROVE-IT and published widely on sex and the heart and on the perils of counterfeit medicines.

He was a member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine Standards Committee and a prominent speaker at the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the British/European Society of Cardiology/World Congress of Cardiology meetings, and at many meetings nationally and internationally on sexual problems in cardiac patients.

In 2010 he was appointed president of the World Congress of Men’s Health and continued as president in 2011. He was on the board of the International Society of Men’s Health.

He has for many years been advocating the need for aggressive cardiac risk reduction in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) and no cardiac symptoms, using ED as a means of reducing subsequent cardiac events. He was editor of the book series Difficult Cardiology and has authored numerous books, including Angina in Practice; Sex, the Heart and Erectile Dysfunction; and The Practical Management of Ischaemic Heart Disease. The fourth edition of his book for patients, Heart Health at your Fingertips, was published in 2009. He has published more than 400 papers on cardiology and general medicine and was a well-respected member of several editorial boards. He was also emeritus editor of the International Journal of Clinical Practice after 22 years as editor-in-chief, and chairman of the Sexual Advice Association (www.sexualadviceassociation.co.uk), a role he loved and really cared about.

His death has shocked and saddened us all and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues who will miss his humour, goodwill, sound advice and caring nature. He is irreplaceable and a great loss to the field of medicine.

New app addresses sexual health issues in the UK

Sexual Advice Association aims to overcome the communication barriers around discussing sexual problems; 50% of people will experience sex-related problems in their life

The Sexual Advice Association, a UK charity focussed on improving sexual function and wellbeing, today announced the launch of a free smartphone app designed to allow people to ask the questions about their sex lives that they didn’t feel comfortable asking before. The SMART app provides an option for people to get expert advice to address their concerns about sexual problems, in their own time and in complete privacy.

Designed by health professionals for use by men and women anywhere in the world, the SMART app provides anonymous access to a range of validated tests and questionnaires to assess people’s concerns about their sexual health and provide information, guidance and sound advice. Completely secure, it covers issue such as lack of sex drive, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, and can be used by individuals, couples together or by one partner on behalf of another.

Sexual problems will affect around 50% of men and women in the UK at some point in their lives, and can be an early indicator of underlying health problems, but only about a quarter of people with a problem seek help from a health professional.

“The fact is that the British people are still not comfortable talking about sexual health,” said Mike Kirby, SAA Trustee and professor of men’s health at the University of Hertfordshire and the London Prostate Centre. “Not only does this have a negative impact on relationships, but sexual health issues like erectile dysfunction can also be indicators of underlying health issues like heart disease and diabetes. The SMART app gives people a new option for addressing their concerns privately and securely.”

“The SMART app lets people take the first steps in addressing sexual health issues in the privacy of their own home, and helps remove the doubt and misinformation associated with searching the internet,” said Victoria Lehmann, SAA Trustee and sex and relationship therapist at London Urology Associates. “It can also help reassure people that nothing may be wrong and can also help give them the right words if they do need to seek professional help.”

The SMART app:

  • Contains comprehensive information and advice relating to a wide array of sexual issues affecting men, women and couples.
  • Is PIN protected, so people can explore their sexual health concerns in complete privacy.
  • Is completely private. All information entered into the app is anonymous, so personal data is fully protected.
  • Can be downloaded for free and used across the world by anyone with an iOS or Android smartphone.
  • Is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.
The SMART SAA app shown on Android and iOS (iPhone) devices
The SMART SAA app shown on Android and iOS (iPhone) devices

About the Sexual Advice Association
Founded in 1995, the Sexual Advice Association is a charitable organisation created to help improve the sexual function and wellbeing of men and women, and to raise awareness of the extent to which sexual conditions affect the general population.

As the only national patient association of its kind, the Sexual Advice Association is committed to helping and supporting people, and partners of people, with all forms of sexual problems by raising awareness about sexual functioning and wellbeing; providing information and education on male and female sexual problems, and; improving the public’s understanding of the seriousness and causes of male and female sexual disorders. The charity runs a confidential helpline and email enquiry service: +44 (0)207 486 7262 or [email protected]

For more information, or to download the app, visit www.sexualadviceassociation.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Download images relating to this story: www.sexualadviceassociation.co.uk/gallery/

Supporting information:

Erectile dysfunction: http://sexualadviceassociation.co.uk/erectile-dysfunction/

Women’s sexual problems: http://sexualadviceassociation.co.uk/womens-sexual-problems/

As a charitable organisation, the SAA relies on grants and donations to cover its costs. All donations to the SAA are gratefully received and can be made at: www.sexualadviceassociation.co.uk/donate/

All SAA Trustees are available to answer questions relating to this story.

Prof. Mike Kirby and Victoria Lehmann are both Trustees of the Sexual Advice Association and experts in the field of sexual health. Together they co-authored the book Sleeping with ED, published by National Services for Health Improvement.

No personal identification information is collected by the app at any point, although some anonymous test data is shared with the Sexual Advice Association for research purposes.

The cost of development of the app was covered in part by American Medical Systems and Pfizer Inc. No data from the app is shared with either party and there is no promotion or recommendation of any commercial products within the app.

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