CRY is urging all MPs & MSPs to sign a pledge to support a National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death to help save young lives.
Why do we need MPs and MSPs to support a National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death?
UK healthcare policy to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths is informed by a number of guidelines and recommendations. These include:
Current UK policies are contradictory, with current guidelines based on inconsistent assessments of the incidence, methods of diagnosis and management of cardiac conditions in young people.
The UK needs a national strategy to ensure the guidelines and policies to prevent young sudden cardiac death are consistent. The first stage of a national strategy should be to correctly acknowledge the incidence and impact of these deaths.
The latest report from the UK National Screening Committee and a recent letter to the government from the UK Statistics Authority provide clear evidence that the number of young sudden cardiac deaths (age 35 and under) is significantly under-reported.
In 2015, policy advisors considered the risk of young sudden cardiac death “tiny” and said that “the overwhelming majority of heart attacks happen in elderly people
“I pledge to support a National Strategy for the Prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death to help save the lives of the 12 apparently fit and healthy young people who die every week in the UK of undiagnosed cardiac conditions.”
You can find out if your MP, MSP or MS has signed the pledge or information on how to engage your MP/MSP/MS about signing the pledge via the buttons below.