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Project information

Cardiac Screening Clinic

Every week in the UK, at least 12 apparently fit and healthy, young people die suddenly and unexpectedly from an undiagnosed heart condition. CRY screens young people between the ages of 14-35 in order to diagnose conditions that can cause a young sudden cardiac death.

CRY's screenings are ongoing

Charity information: Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

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  • Need


    Since many cases of Sudden Death Syndrome are preventable, if heart conditions are detected and treated, lives can be saved. For example in Italy, where screening is mandatory for all young people engaged in organised sport, the incidence of young sudden cardiac death has been reduced by 89% (Corrado et al, 2006). Through our screening services, we have discovered that 1 in 300 people screened are identified as carrying a serious cardiac condition.


    Of the 600 young sudden cardiac deaths that occur each year, 80% are in people with absolutely no prior symptoms. Identification prior to death is only possible with cardiac screening.

    Screening with an ECG (Electrocardiogram) is aimed at identifying people with conditions such as cardiomyopathies or electrical faults of the heart. An ECG machine is able to detect these rhythms and therefore tell if there is a problem with the heart.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce the incidence of young sudden cardiac death


    » We will screen young people aged between 14-35 in order to identify any people carrying a potentially life-threatening cardiac condition

    What success will look like

    We will look into the number of young people that were screened by CRY and compare this to the number of people that were referred onto their GP for further testing.

  • Impact


    With the increase in number of young people that we screen, this will mean that we will identify more young people with a cardiac condition, which will lead to the young person being treated for their condition or given advice on how to manage their condition. In the long term, this will lead to a reduction in the incidence of young sudden cardiac death.




    We will report to donors by providing them with information about the number of young people that were screened that year. We can also provide them with information about the number of young people that were referred on for further testing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Cardiac Screening It costs £50 per person to be screened, therefore £5,000 will fund 100 heart screening
  • Background


    CRY's cardiac screening clinics are held around the UK, however CRY holds around 25 clinics from its Centre at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London.


    Funding cardiac screening clinics will help CRY to identify potentially life threatening cardiac conditions in those being screened and, in turn reduce the incidence of young sudden cardiac death. The tragedy of a young sudden cardiac death and the resulting grief not only affects the family of the deceased but also their friends, their colleagues and those in their community. Screening young people, reassures families and benefits the wider community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We offer a unique service to the public as CRY is the only charity offering proactive cardiac testing to young people. Under NHS guidelines, a close family member will have to have died already of a suspected cardiac condition before other immediate family members will be eligible to have their heart screened.

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    Professor Sanjay Sharma

    Professor Sanjay Sharma overseas CRY's screening and research programme