CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35. Systematic screening programmes are needed to establish the prevalence of cardiac conditions in the young. The aim of a screening programme is to detect an underlying cardiac condition.
Since many cases of Sudden Death Syndrome are preventable, if heart conditions are detected and treated, lives can be saved. For example in Italy, where screening is mandatory for all young people engaged in organised sport, the incidence of young sudden cardiac death has been reduced by 89% (Corrado et al, 2006).
Of the 600 young sudden cardiac deaths that occur each year, 80% are in people with absolutely no prior symptoms. Identification prior to death is only possible with cardiac screening. Through our screening services, we have discovered that 1 in 300 young people screened are identified as carrying a serious cardiac condition. The results have also shown that 1 in 100 screened will have a less serious cardiac condition that could cause health problems in later life.
Timeline – Ongoing
Cost – £5,000 to screen 100 young people