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CRY CARDIAC TESTING AT: Sandhurst FC, Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, GU47 9BJ on the 15th & 16th September 2018.

On behalf of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) we'd like to let you know about a cardiac screening programme for people aged 14–35 years old, which will be held at Sandhurst FC, Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, GU47 9BJ on the 15th & 16th September 2018. This screening has been funded by the Lewis Marsh Memorial Fund and is therefore free of charge.

CRY’s mission is to identify those that are at risk from sudden cardiac death. Sudden death syndrome is an umbrella term for the many different causes of young sudden cardiac death. These conditions include thickening of the heart muscle or an abnormal structure of the heart, and irregularities of the impulses that control the rhythm of the heart. Youngsters involved in sport, in particular, stress their heart the most and if they have an underlying cardiac abnormality, they are more likely to be at risk. It is important to emphasise that exercise is NOT harmful and sport itself does not cause cardiac arrest, but can exacerbate an undetected condition.

At a screening, your son/daughter will receive an electrocardiogram (ECG) that examines the electrical activity of the heart, and if required, an echocardiogram, as well as a physical examination. The ECG is a simple, non-invasive and painless test that will only take a few minutes to complete and is performed by qualified cardiac physiologists.

The ECG results will be examined by a doctor in conjunction with a personal and family history questionnaire, and if a more detailed picture is needed some individuals will be required to undertake a follow-up echocardiogram. This is an ultrasound scan of the heart that looks at its size, structure and blood flow and takes about 30 minutes to perform. All results suggesting an abnormality will then be passed to CRY Consultant Cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma, a leading expert on inherited cardiac conditions.

We will be sending out an email with booking details as our screenings are done privately for STBGFC members.

 

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