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We are so pleased to announce that CRY are returning to our Ashgate surgery this September to carry out their free heart screening for patients between 14-35.

For over 20 years CRY has been screening young people aged 14 to 35. The programme developed by CRY has created the opportunity to save the young lives of those at risk that are asymptomatic, and appear to be "fit and healthy"

The screening programme is ran by Cardiac Risk in the Young charity (CRY) and is funded in memory of Bethany Mycroft who sadly lost her life at 14 due to an undiagnosed heart condition

The screening consists of a few medical questions and a really simple ECG which can diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. If you or someone you know is between 14-35 and hasn't had the screening before, we'd really encourage getting booked in to take advantage of this fantastic screening for some peace of mind.

The screening is taking place on Saturday 10th September.

How to Book

  1. Visit www.testmyheart.org.uk/private/
  2. Find ASHGATE MEDICAL PRACTICE listed for 10th September. Click Register
  3. The password for this screening is Bethany09
  4. Select a time slot and click 'register now'. (You can book up to 3 appointments at one time)
  5. Fill in the required details on the health questionnaire - this will take approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Once the appointment is booked you will receive a confirmation email; this will include a consent form. Please download the document, read carefully before completing and take it with you on the day.

General Information on Screening

There is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. This is by having an ECG (electrocardiogram) test. Results should be read by a cardiologist. For extra clarity an Echocardiogram (ultrasound scan) may also be done at the request of CRY’s consultant cardiologist. If there has been a young (under 35) sudden death in the family, the family is entitled to be screened on the NHS and should speak to their GP about arranging these tests.

If you are an elite athlete (represent your country in sport) we also recommend that you should consider screening.

It must be emphasised that if a diagnosis of a cardiac condition is confirmed it can have serious implications with regard to life insurance and mortgage applications.

Screening Means Having

An Electrocardiogram (ECG), which looks at the electrical conduction pathways around the heart.
Small stickers known as electrodes are placed on the client’s chest and the wires connect to an ECG machine whilst you lie still.

A printout of the heart’s electrical activity is obtained for evaluation by the cardiologist.
This test is painless, non-invasive and takes only a few minutes to perform.

An Echocardiogram (Echo) is an ultrasound test (such as offered to pregnant women) which looks at the structure of the heart. CRY consultant cardiologists may request this test but most attending a CRY cardiac screening event will not require one. These tests are only carried out at the request of the CRY consultant cardiologists and can not be pre-booked.

From the information provided on screen, measurements are taken which give a guide to muscle thickness and size of the chambers of the heart.

Again, this test is non-invasive and painless; and it takes approximately 20 minutes to perform.
The tests are performed with the client lying down on a couch or bed. For both tests clients will need to be undressed to the waist.

Implications of further testing

In the rare event an abnormality is confirmed, this may affect some types of mortgage and health/life insurance applications and that it may also affect some careers. Information derived from these tests are confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone other than your doctor or others who are involved within your care. Information from these tests will be held on a database at CRY and can be used anonymously for research purposes. For more information on research go to www.c-r-y.org.uk

FAQs

What is the purpose of cardiac screening?

Sometimes an individual may have a cardiac abnormality without any symptoms. Screening with an electrocardiogram (ECG) is aimed at identifying people with conditions such as heart muscles disorders or electrical faults of the heart.

Is screening just for athletes?
At CRY, we believe all young people aged 14-35 should have the opportunity to be screened. Cardiac incidents can take place at any time. They are not limited to high-intensity sport; they may occur just jogging across the park or when asleep at night. The screenings programme is not just for people who play sport.

What will happen if I am found to have a condition?
It would depend on the condition. Although many of the conditions are not ‘curable’ they are all treatable and treatments range from lifestyle adaptations to drug therapy or, in some cases, surgery.

If you are concerned or experiencing any of the below symptoms, please contact your GP.

  • chest pain, especially during exercise.
  • loss of consciousness.
  • breathlessness.
  • dizziness.
  • heart palpitations or fluttering feeling.
  • unexplained fainting, especially during exercise.