Nathan Bryans family fight for heart screenings

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A North Lincolnshire mum whose son tragically died of a sudden cardiac arrest says she will “fight all the way” for the NHS to provide compulsory heart screenings for young people – as 12 people aged 35 and under die from undiagnosed heart conditions each week.

Nathan Bryan, 31, died in his sleep at his Broughton home in February 2019, with a post-mortem examination establishing his cause of death as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), a condition where someone has a sudden cardiac arrest without an obvious cause.

Despite his younger sister being diagnosed with a heart condition when she was 12, doctors assured his family that Nathan would not need to be tested if he was not showing any symptoms.

Since his death, Nathan’s mum Gill Ayling, who lives in Scawby, has fundraised tirelessly for the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity, which provides heart screenings for young people aged between 14 and 35 up and down the country.