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CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35. Please note - online booking for CRY screening events will close at midday (12pm) the day before the event.  For weekend screening events (Saturday or Sunday) booking will close at midday on the preceding Friday.
General Information on Screening

echopicboyThere is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. This is by having an ECG (electrocardiogram) test. Results should be read by a cardiologist. For extra clarity an Echocardiogram (ultrasound scan – right) can also be done.If there has been a young (under 35) sudden death in the family, patient the family is entitled to be screened on the NHS

If you are an elite athlete (represent your country in sport) we also recommend that you should consider screening.

It must be emphasised that if a diagnosis of a cardiac condition is confirmed it can have serious implications with regard to life insurance and mortgage applications.

Screening Means Having

An Electrocardiogram (ECG), which looks at the electrical conduction pathways around the heart.

Small stickers known as electrodes are placed on the client’s 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 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 the client lying down on a couch or bed. For both tests clients will need to be undressed to the waist.

Screening Will

Identify most cardiac abnormalities. At least 12 young people die suddenly each week in the UK of previously undetected heart problems.

Raise awareness of symptoms amongst coaches and physiotherapists.

Raise awareness throughout sport of the risk of Sudden Death Syndrome / Sudden Cardiac Death and highlight the families that are most at risk – particularly those that have already had a young sudden cardiac death in the family and who might not be aware that other family members must be screened.

Encourage young people to take better care of their heart/health in a broader sense.

Reassure parents who are well aware that these tragedies occur and often cannot gain access to further information at a time when there are increasing demands on physical fitness in all high profile sports.

We recommend that screening is requested via your GP if there have been any young sudden deaths in the family. Or if there are symptoms of:

  • Chest Pain (exercise related)
  • Severe Breathlessness
  • Palpitations
  • Prolonged Dizziness
  • Fainting/Blackouts