Heart Screening

The death, last year, of Charlie Craig, from Derbyshire, who won the 2016 National Trophy Cyclo-cross Series, shocked many families. This prompted many of our parents to consider the screening of their children to see if there are any hidden heart problems. This was sometime ago and it may be appropriate to remind families about the screening programme.

The organisation C-R-Y : http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/ has a vision Preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families
Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
There are some implications if an issue is found, mainly for insurance and mortgages. Heart screening is offered free of charge to those in the age category 14 to 35.

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