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Charity Aims To Reduce Sudden Cardiac Deaths in the Under 35s

Published on: 12 May, 2013
Updated on: 13 May, 2013
Screening underway

Screening like this can prevent sudden cardiac deaths in the under 35s

By Victoria Lazarevic

Twelve young, apparently fit and healthy people are tragically dying every week in the UK from previously undiagnosed heart conditions.

This is the startling figure from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) citing the cause of sudden death among people aged 35 and under. 

80% of deaths due to young sudden cardiac death will occur with no prior symptoms, which is why a charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) believes that screening is so vitally important

A screening event took place last weekend (May 4/5) at Effingham and Epsom Ruby Club

A screening event took place last weekend (May 4/5) at Effingham and Leatherhead Rugby Club

Last weekend a local screening event took place at Effingham & Leatherhead Rugby Club where young people aged between 14 and 35 years from local sports clubs and schools booked in for screening to include; an Electrocardiogram (ECG) to detect for cardiac abnormalities which was reviewed by a cardiologist before they went home.

The cardiac screening event was organised by Jo Lawrence, mum and member of the Rugby Club. She said: “I was deeply saddened by the sudden death of a young member of the rugby club 3 years ago and as managing director of ‘Back to Life’, a local first aid and resuscitation training company who sponsor CRY, I am keen to support community projects which are linked to our work and core values as a business.”

Guildford resident and theatre nurse at the Royal Surrey County Hospital Wendy Midgley arrived with her son for his screening, she said: “I thought it was a good opportunity to have the screening as it was being held at our local rugby club.”

Relieved after being told his ECG was normal, her son said:  “I didn’t feel anything.  I just relaxed on the comfy couch.” He added: “It’s better than going to a hospital as you usually relate that to bad things. I spoke to the Doctor straight away and the results were quick and easy. I would recommend it to everyone.”

Founded in May 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is supported by a host of sportsmen and women and celebrities including:

Sir Steve Redgrave, David Whalliams and Pixie Lott.

To arrange a CRY screening for a young person aged between 14 and 35 years call 01737 363 222

The CRY Van

The CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)  Van


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Responses to Charity Aims To Reduce Sudden Cardiac Deaths in the Under 35s

  1. Laura Slater Reply

    May 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I am looking into getting funding and training etc for a defibrallator in my son’s school.

    Please can anyone tell me where I can get help with funding towards this and any information I may need?

    I would be very grateful.

  2. Joanna Lawrence Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    In response to Laura Slater’s enquiry –

    I would welcome her call to my office on 01372 361206.

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