High Peak MP backs call for national cardiac screening

Ruth with Hope Valley College students.

High Peak MP Ruth George is backing calls for to help prevent sudden cardiac death in young people.

Last week she joined the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at the launch of a new nationwide survey which shows that 82% of UK adults think the Government should be doing more to help prevent sudden cardiac death in young people.

“A number of young people in High Peak have tragically died in recent years from an undiagnosed cardiac condition, so I know what a grave problem it is, and I commend all the local fundraisers for their work for CRY which I am pleased to support at both a local and national level.

“I was very pleased to see the heart monitoring of pupils at Hope Valley College taking place this autumn as relatively inexpensive initiatives, such as screening, identify problems early help to save both lives and money.”

Earlier this year Ruth joined students at Hope Valley College as part of a cardiac screening event organised and paid for by students, parents and the local community. The event – which saw 100 young people screened – was arranged following the deaths of College students who had undiagnosed cardiac issues.

CRY Parliamentary Reception 2018

Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of CRY, said: “These new stats reinforce our campaign to make the Government sit up and acknowledge the massive impact young sudden cardiac deaths have on our society.

“It remains of huge concern to us that current UK policies are still contradictory, with guidelines based on incorrect assessments of the incidence, methods of diagnosis and positive management of cardiac conditions in young people.”

Every week in the UK, at least 12 young (aged 35 and under) people die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. In the vast majority of cases, the first sign of a problem will be the last sign and therefore the only way to detect a potentially fatal cardiac abnormality is through proactive cardiac screening by specially trained cardiologists.