Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. In around 80% of cases of young sudden cardiac deaths, there will have been no signs, symptoms or warnings – underlining the vital role of screening.
A new initiative is being launched by the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust in 2016 in partnership with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. Amongst other initiatives CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to young people between the ages of 14 & 35. CRY offers to run screening days at a cost of £3500, providing screening for 100 people.
The KCFRT plans to organise, in collaboration with CRY, annual screening days for the Knutsford community, aiming to reduce the risk of cardiac death in the youth of Knutsford.
The first day will be on Saturday 1st October at Knutsfird Methodist Church. Places are now available to book; for details, click on the link below the link below:
KCFRT CRY A4 Poster V3 July 16
We have now successfully received sufficient donations from Knutsford organisations and individuals to cover the costs of this years one day screening – many thanks to you all!
We have already committed to running two screening days in 2017 (at an increase cost of £5,000 per day) and are now seeking donation commitments.
KCFRT see providing this vital service a natural extension to its on-going provision of life-saving services (First Responding, Heartstart Training and Installing AED’S) and plans to offer at least one, hopefully two, screening days each hereon.
If you would like more information please visit the CRY website.
The Knutsford Guardian recently printed an article announcing the launch of our new initiative.