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University of Gloucestershire is offering heart screening to its students and staff, and their family members, who may have an underlying heart condition which can often have no symptoms.
As part of its Stop the Heartbreak campaign, the university will hold a heart screening day at its Oxstalls campus in Gloucester, in collaboration with the national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), which works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).
A specialist from Cardiac Risk in the Young carries out a consultation with a young person
According to CRY, every week in the UK, at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people aged 35 and under die from undiagnosed heart conditions.
On January 24, university students, staff and their family members aged between 14 and 34 will be able to undergo an electrocardiogram, or ECG, funded by Stop the Heartbreak and carried out by CRY’s cardiac physiologists and cardiology specialist doctors.
Screening with an ECG can identify conditions such as heart muscle disorders and electrical faults of the heart in people who are not showing any symptoms of cardiac disorders.
Depending on the results of the ECG, participants will be offered the opportunity to undergo an ultrasound scan on the heart to provide further information about heart function. Where required, the participant will be referred to their GP.