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Local mum speaks of shock the moment her son was told he had a potentially fatal heart condition

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, being told that your apparently fit, healthy teenager has a heart condition that could potentially kill him and that he may have to give up the sport he loves. That was the news that hit Kerry Preece from Shrewsbury like “being slapped in the face” when her 18-year-old old son, […]

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28th February 2019

A “100-year-old” test is still the gold standard for preventing sudden cardiac death

Results of a new survey show public awareness of the humble ECG is good…but more needs to be done. A new opinion poll for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has revealed that around two-thirds of people (62%) are aware that an ECG (electro-cardiogram) could detect the majority of conditions which can lead […]

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31st January 2019

PM awards outstanding Cheshire heart screenings fundraiser

The Prime Minister has today, 14 January, recognised Debbie Dixon, from Tarporley, for funding heart defect screenings for young adults. Debbie has raised over £210,000 to fund heart defect screenings for young adults in partnership with charity ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’. After the sudden loss of her son Aaron to an undetected heart defect […]

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14th January 2019

Charity Founder Praises Loyal Fundraiser Awarded in Queen’s New Year’s Honours

A mum from Essex who has raised over £125,000 for Cardiac Risk in Young (CRY) and worked tirelessly to promote the importance of heart screening in young people, has been awarded with a British Empire Medal in the Queens New Year’s Honours list, for services to Young People and charity. Caroline Gard (65) from Frinton, […]

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8th January 2019

“Over 4,500 Young People Tested For Heart Defects In Wales”

News comes as leading charity returns to Cardiff & reaches key milestone of 50 days of screening Next weekend [Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2018] around 200 local young people will be screened by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) thanks to a large donation awarded by Councillor Doug Williams (Glyncoch Ward) […]

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25th October 2018

New Research Shows Sudden Cardiac Death In Elite Footballers Is Higher Than Anticipated

• One in 50 players had a heart abnormality that needed ongoing monitoring • Almost three quarters of footballers diagnosed were able to return to play • The FA continues to provide vital insight into screening policy in sport and has invested more than £3.1 million into its screening programme After a heroic effort in […]

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8th August 2018

#12 Years…#12 Landmarks…#12 Young Lives Lost Every Week In The UK

Charity supporters congregate in Central London as they step out together to save young lives Later this month [June 24th] families from across the UK will be travelling to the heart of London to take part in the annual awareness walk organised by a leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The CRY […]

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13th June 2018

Kent Celebrates 7 Years Of Flagship Fundraising Event

The team behind one of Chislehurst’s best known annual fundraisers, Why Not Run, are pleased to announce that places for this year’s event are now available – with all funds raised going towards specialist cardiac screening for young people in the local area (through the charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young) aged between 14 and […]


8th June 2018

New Insights Into Key Cause of Sudden Death Among Young Athletes

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a rare inherited heart condition that has long been recognised as an important – yet elusive – cause of sudden cardiac death among young athletes. However, new research funded by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is challenging the conventional belief that ARVC is predominantly a disease […]

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1st June 2018

A new phase of specialist screening in sport “kicks off” this month

May 18 2018 Generous donation from charitable foundation secures ongoing expert testing for elite athletes Leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is launching a 12-month heart screening programme for elite athletes at key sites across the UK in memory of Aaron Dixon (who tragically died from an undiagnosed heart condition, aged just […]

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18th May 2018

National Screening Team Returns To The Isle Of Man As Local Fundraisers Mark The Milestone Of 7,000 Young People Tested On The Island

As part of the ongoing mission to raise awareness and to help prevent young sudden cardiac death [YSCD] for the 12th year running, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) will be holding a weekend of specialist heart screening at Noble’s Hospital, Strang Isle of Man (IM4 4RJ) on 28th and 29th April where around 400 […]

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26th April 2018

Cardiac Risk in the Young boosts its clinical offering at its “centre of excellence” thanks to new collaboration with GE Healthcare

Research and clinical teams at the world renowned Centre for Inherited Heart Conditions and Sports Cardiology at St Georges, University of London are delighted with the installation of a state-of-the- art new echocardiogram machine. Funded by the leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) the new Vivid E95 (developed by GE Healthcare) will […]

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28th March 2018

Charity fears families could be “falsely reasurred” after a Young Sudden Cardiac Death

Newly published research raises the question of whether suddenly bereaved families are being correctly assessed Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), the charity supporting the landmark research published online today in the prestigious journal, JACC [Journal of the American College of Cardiology] is calling for all families to be referred to specialist cardiology centres following […]

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14th March 2018

CRY launches new support booklet for friends

Leading heart charity has developed new support resources in recognition of the massive impact a young sudden cardiac death has on friends. The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is this month [13 November 2017] launching a powerful new booklet for young people learning to navigate their emotions following the tragic and sudden death […]

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12th November 2017

Mum discovers she has the same cardiac condition as her mum, who died when she was just six

A free heart screening, provided by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has provided a mum from Rotherham with the answers and “closure” she has been seeking since the sudden death of her mum, back in 1989. Sophie Hirst (now 35) was just 6 years old when her mum passed away. Sophie, who […]

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26th September 2017

The North West remains “at the heart” of leading cardiac charity

– CRY’s screening team carries out its 10,000th test in the region this month – Just over two decades after its launch in 1995 – around the same time that a local Ormskirk family, the local media and the football community were devastated by the death of a promising young footballer – the charity Cardiac […]

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27th April 2017

New international recommendations will pave the way for more routine cardiac screening in athletes

A ground-breaking paper published simultaneously in two leading international heart journals [20 February 2017] casts fresh light on the current debate relating to the accuracy and cost-efficiency of the ECG as a screening tool to identify athletes with potential life threatening heart conditions – also showing promise for the future of a screening programme for […]

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21st February 2017

Dr Steven Cox's response to the BHF estimating 620,000 people in the UK carry faulty gene putting them at high risk of heart disease and sudden death

Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) comments; “Statistics and ‘guestimates’ predicting the genetic risk of people dying suddenly from coronary heart disease OR sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) in young people are two very different things. Whilst the impact of any sudden death is utterly devastating, it […]

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1st February 2017

Costs should not stand in way of screening for hidden heart conditions

New research confirms screening IS cost effective and should be made available to ALL teens and young adults The Government has “got it wrong” when it comes to listening to the recommendations of its National Screening Committee regarding the implementation of a UK cardiac screening programme for your young people. That’s the verdict of the […]

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5th December 2016

MPs from all parties sign up to pledge to stop young sudden cardiac death

#MPsupport4CRY The leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is urging all MPs to make a pledge to support a National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death to help save young lives. This week marks CRY’s 21st Raising Awareness Week – and MPs gathered at a Parliamentary Reception at Westminster […]

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25th November 2016

Points of Light award for CRY campaigners Stephanie and Rupert Hunter

Stephanie and Rupert Hunter are avid campaigners for Cardiac Risk in the Young. Stephanie and Rupert threw themselves into fundraising for Cardiac Risk in the Young after Stephanie’s son Sebastian died playing rugby, eleven years after her first husband and Sebastian’s father died in the same tragic circumstances. Both had suffered from an unidentified inherited […]

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16th November 2016

Leading heart charity announces new patron to help CRY take centre stage

Actor Vincent Regan shows his support to local family affected by the devastation of young sudden cardiac death Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is proud to announce that the North-East based actor and star of the big screen, Vincent Regan is to become its latest Patron, in recognition of his growing support of CRY’s […]

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1st November 2016

Press release: Acclaimed artist to auction palette in second exclusive partnership with CRY

Katy Jade Dobson goes live this weekend on eBay in bid to raise funds for heart charity Popular Lincoln-based artist (with worldwide acclaim) Katy Jade Dobson will once again be showing her support for the charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), as she launches a unique online auction of the palette and paintbrush (pictured […]

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26th August 2016

CRY launches new Anniversaries Grief Booklet

Bereaved parents, partners and siblings discuss how they cope with facing the dates that are forever imprinted on their hearts & minds following a sudden death The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is this month [May 2016] launching a powerful new booklet for families who are learning to navigate their emotions through the […]

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5th May 2016

CRY launches campaign to challenge Government statistics on young sudden cardiac deaths

The national charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is unveiling an emotive new campaign to urge the Government to commission an immediate review of the evidence behind its National Screening Committee’s recent decision not to recommend a cardiac screening programme for young people in the UK. The long-awaited announcement (30 July 2015) upheld a […]

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25th November 2015

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