Key Messages

  • Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. (citation)
  • In 80% of cases of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) there are no prior symptoms.
  • CRY’s mission is to prevent young sudden cardiac death through awareness, screening and research, and to support families after a tragedy.
  • CRY promotes the choice for screening. All people aged 14 to 35 should have the choice to be screened.
  • 1 in 300 people will have potentially life-threatening heart condition.
  • CRY’s screening programme is heavily subsidised and all of our publicly available screenings are funded by CRY families, these are in memory of someone who has died a sudden cardiac death, meaning CRY’s screenings are free for the public to attend.
  • CRY’s screening programme tests elite Olympic athletes; England Rugby Football Union and all Premiership Rugby Football Union clubs; Great Britain Rugby League and Super Rugby League clubs; Lawn Tennis Association players; County Cricket clubs and some premier league and Football League clubs.
  • CRY’s screening programme is overseen by the Charity’s Consultant Cardiologist, Professor Sanjay Sharma (St. George’s NHS Trust.)