200 Young people screened at Mossley Mill

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A two-day screening event is to be held by the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, in March.

During the weekend, the charity expects to screen up to 200 young people aged between 14 and 35 years for undiagnosed heart conditions.

Participants will receive an ECG and then if required, an echocardiogram. A doctor will be in attendance to discuss results. Medical personnel and equipment for this event are funded by the National Lottery.

Airport Sinn Fein Councillor Maighréad Ní Chonghaile proposed the council supported the recommendation to approve free use, seconded by Antrim Alliance Cllr Neil Kelly. Macedon DUP Cllr Matthew Brady said he was “happy to promote this opportunity”.

CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.

CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families. The charity says awareness not only helps identify those at risk but also ensures correct clinical practice when treating a young person with an inherited cardiac condition.