Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has pledged his support to a campaign for a strategy to prevent young sudden cardiac death.
Every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy young (aged 35 and under) people in the UK die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart defect. The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is running a campaign for a national strategy to deal with this issue.
In 80% of these cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms until it is too late, which us why CRY believes screening is so vitally important.
CRY now tests around 30,000 young people each year and well over 190,000 since the screening programme was launched in 1995. Any person aged 14-35 can go to www.testmyheart.org.uk to book an appointment for a free heart screening which includes an ECG.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I was very pleased to pledge my support to this important campaign.
“The sudden and unexpected deaths of so many young people is a real tragedy, causing unimaginable pain for their friends and families.
“A national strategy for young sudden cardiac death prevention could help save thousands of young lives and has my full support.”
Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of CRY, said:
“We are continuing to urge all MPs to help establish a national strategy for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death to ensure the government acts to prevent the hundreds of deaths of young people each year from these undiagnosed cardiac conditions.
“As a progressive society it cannot be acceptable that we fail to act in response to the horrendous impact these conditions have on the family, friends and fabric of our local communities when left undiagnosed.”