Identify most cardiac abnormalities. At least 12 young people die suddenly each week in the UK of previously undetected heart problems.
Raise awareness of symptoms amongst coaches and physiotherapists.
Raise awareness throughout sport of the risk of Sudden Death Syndrome / Sudden Cardiac Death and highlight the families that are most at risk – particularly those that have already had a young sudden cardiac death in the family and who might not be aware that other family members must be screened.
Encourage young people to take better care of their heart/health in a broader sense.
Reassure parents who are well aware that these tragedies occur and often cannot gain access to further information at a time when there are increasing demands on physical fitness in all high profile sports.
We recommend that screening is requested via your GP if there have been any young sudden deaths in the family. Or if there are symptoms of:
- Chest Pain (exercise related)
- Severe Breathlessness
- Prolonged Dizziness