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Cardiac Risk in the Young

In 80% of cases of sudden cardiac death there are no prior symptoms. Screening programmes help to detect underlying problems and enable treatments and lifestyle changes to be put in place to minimise the risk of death in those identified at risk.

A simple ECG which records the electrical activity of the heart will diagnose most cardiac abnormalities resulting in sudden cardiac death. If necessary an ultrasound scan of the heart can also be carried out.

An organisation called CRY ( cardiac risk in the young) provides a screening programme for which there is usually no charge. They operate this for the general public aged 14-35.

Anyone can book a place through www.testmyheart.org.uk

Screenings will start again this summer.

You may not be aware but some years ago a young athlete of another club died during a Met League fixture. These tests can literally be a lifesaver.

Please consider booking a screening if you are within the age category.