The Importance of early cardiac screening for young people

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Drawing on the charity’s work, Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), explains why the UK Government must re-think its approach to specialist cardiac screening to reduce mortality among young people with conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death

Cardiac arrest is a condition where the heart suddenly stops beating. In the UK, more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) occur every year, and less than one in ten people survive. In the US, there are 356,000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest every year, with a high mortality rate of 60-80% before reaching the hospital.