Campaign to prevent heart risk in young

The faces of eight North-East victims of Sudden Cardiac Death are to be used as part of a life-saving campaign.

The charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), which has strong backing in the North-East, including Durham North MP Kevan Jones, and Stockton South MP Dari Taylor, will launch the campaign later this month.

Ms Taylor recently persuaded the Government to set up an expert group to look at changing national guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of sudden cardiac death.

Alison Cox, Chief Executive of CRY, will come to the North East later this month to highlight the need for more extensive heart screening to pick up potentially fatal abnormalities in the under 35