Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is an organisation working to reduce the number of young sudden cardiac deaths.
CRY is running a free heart screening programme on Tuesday May 9th (09:10 – 15:40) and Wednesday May 10th (09:00 – 15:50) here at Mounts Bay Academy. These are open to anyone aged between 14 and 35, and can easily be booked by visiting the CRY booking link (below).
The free screening sessions involve having an Electrocardiogram (ECG), which looks at the electrical conduction pathways around the heart. Small stickers, known as electrodes, are placed on the chest and the wires connect to an ECG machine whilst you lie still. A printout of the heart’s electrical activity is obtained for evaluation by the cardiologist. This test is painless, non-invasive and takes only a few minutes to perform. An Echocardiogram (Echo) is an ultrasound test (such as offered to pregnant women) which looks at the structure of the heart. From the information provided on screen, measurements are taken which give a guide to muscle thickness and the size of the chambers of the heart. Again, this test is non-invasive and painless; and it takes approximately 20 minutes to perform. The tests are performed with you lying down on a couch or bed. For both tests you will need to be undressed to the waist.
CRY offers all young, apparently healthy individuals the opportunity to be screened. The screening programme is not just for people who play sport. Most young people exert themselves to some extent at times, maybe running up and down stairs or running for a bus. So, deaths in sport or deaths in young people are not just confined to sports players or athletes, they may also occur in someone just jogging across the park to catch up with friends. CRY has no issues with any young individual coming to us requesting screening, no matter whether they are top sportsmen or playing minimal sport or taking part in minimal exercise.
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