Christopher Pincher MP has attended an event organised by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to lend his support to the ongoing campaign for a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD).
Every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy young (aged 35 and under) people in the United Kingdom die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart defect. In 80% of these cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms until it is too late, which is why CRY believes screening is so vitally important. Any person aged 14-35 can go to www.testmyheart.org.uk to book an appointment for a free heart screening which includes an ECG. CRY also provides the follow up ultrasound test on the same day. CRY now tests around 30,000 young people each year and well over 190,000 since the screening programme was launched in 1995.
Chief Executive of CRY, Dr Steven Cox, commented;
“It was very encouraging to welcome so many MPs to our event at Portcullis House and to update them on our campaign. Many of the MPs talked about the impact young sudden cardiac deaths have had on their constituents and the communities they represent. Some had very personal stories of the devastating impact of these tragedies.
“We are continuing to urge all MPs to help establish a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death to ensure the government acts to prevent the hundreds of deaths of young people each year from these undiagnosed cardiac conditions.”
Adding, Christopher Pincher MP added;
“Excellent progress is being made in saving young lives and the work CRY do is vital in screening young people. Attention on underlying heart conditions, sadly only really comes to the forefront when a young person loses their life. I fully encourage young people to take CRY up on their offer and undergo a screening.”