Cardiac screening at LJMU
11 May 2011
LJMU will be offering a third cardiac screening event that is open to all staff and students.
Date: Tuesday 17 May 2011
Time: Appointments available between 9.00am and 3.30pm (pre-book your slot at
Venue: Tom Reilly Building, Liverpool John Moores University
Cost: £35 - CRY's Consultant Cardiologist is the leading Sports Cardiologist in the UK, and recognised as one of the leading experts for Young Sudden Cardiac Death world wide. He makes no charge for supervising the CRY screening programme. With Professor Sharma's support CRY is able to subsidise the programme so that each appointment only costs £35. Privately these tests could cost in excess of £100, just for the ECG and consultation. CRY will also conduct the further follow up echo on the day for no additional charge.
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommend cardiac screening for any young person taking part in competitive sport. In countries such as Italy screening participants in representative sports is mandatory. In some professions cardiac testing is also mandatory, as is the case with UEFA. Sport itself does not lead to cardiac arrest but can trigger a sudden death by aggravating an undetected abnormality.
CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) tests many of the leading UK athletes. This includes the vast majority of the Olympic Athletes, Football Teams like Manchester City, England Cricket, The Lawn Tennis Association players and SKY Cycling. In 2010 CRY tested all Aviva Premiership players, the Regional Academy players above the age of 16 and England representative team players down to Under 16 level. Any person who goes to the CRY website to book an appointment for an ECG will have the same service and clinical expertise as these professional rugby players.
Dr Steven Cox, CRY’s Director of Screening explains:
"The death of a young person is heartbreaking and devastating for any family. At CRY, we would encourage all families to have their children screened for any underlying heart conditions. Twelve young people die every week in the UK and one in every three hundred apparently fit and healthy young people have a serious underlying condition. Minor cardiac abnormalities will be identified in 1% of people, although not life threatening they will have a long term impact if not identified. In Italy, where screening is carried out routinely prior to sports participation, young sudden cardiac deaths have been reduced by 90%. I would encourage people to get in touch with the CRY and arrange to be screened".
To book an appointment or to watch CRY Patron David Walliams go through the screening process go to www.c-r-y.org.uk/ecg.htm
For further information, please email Nicola Rowley at N.J.Rowley@2005.ljmu.ac.uk