Heart attacks issue for MP

Heart attacks in young people should be tackled, according to Malcolm Moss, MP for Cambridgeshire North-East.

He is concerned at the lack of awareness about cardiac problems affecting often fit and healthy teenagers who play sport, and is pressing for action by the National Health Service.

The Tory front-bencher has backed a Commons motion supporting moves on the issue.

The Early Day Motion, signed by more than 60 MPs, is on the Commons Order Paper sent to all MPs, ministers and senior civil servants in a bid to secure Government action.

It congratulates the organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) on its 10th anniversary and backs its national postcard campaign highlighting eight sudden cardiac deaths in the under-35s a week.

It praises CRY for setting up screening clinics, the donation of more than £400,000 of cardiac equipment to general practitioner surgeries and hospitals, the development of a network of 21 trained bereavement supporters and its Surgery Supporters Club for young people diagnosed with a life-threatening cardiac condition.