MP Chris Elmore has joined Cardiac Risk in the Young in cardiac awareness week. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.
Mr Elmore said: “I have a nephew with a cardiac condition and I know what stress and worry that can have on the effect of not only the child but the parents and family too. The simple fact that screening has been shown to lead to an 89% reduction in sudden cardiac death just shows how vital it is we make parents aware of it.”
80% of deaths occur with no symptoms. CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programs and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.