Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death by working with cardiologists and family doctors to establish good practice and appropriate screening facilities to promote and protect the cardiac health of our young.
Sudden Adult Death Syndrome
It can be hard to believe that a young person who appears fit and healthy may be at risk from heart problems. However, every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people aged 35 and under die from undiagnosed heart conditions.
Sudden death syndrome is an umbrella term used for many different causes of cardiac arrest in young people. These conditions include thickening or abnormal structure of the heart muscle and irregularities in the electrical impulses which can upset the natural rhythm of the heart.
Support for young people
CRY’s my heart network offers help, support and information to young people who are coping with the diagnosis of a heart condition. Meetings are held throughout the year and offer the opportunity to talk about experiences in a supportive environment and put questions to a consultant cardiologist. Members can be put into contact with other young people with similar heart conditions and receive regular newsletters.
All information is taken from CRY. For more information please visit the CRY website.