Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)

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.

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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.