Can I still have the test if I have a hangover?

A hangover does not preclude ECG testing but I suspect any individual that’s hungover will also probably have a rapid heartbeat because one of the reasons that one feels hungover after alcohol is because of vasodilatation. The blood vessels in the body vasodilate and cause the headache. If the whole body is vasodilated, the heart […]

Why doesn’t CRY screen people under 14?

Our lower age limit for screening at CRY is 14 years of age. This is because we believe that most people at the age of 14 are well into puberty. This is important for us because conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy do not manifest fully until the pubertal spurt. Therefore there is a risk that […]

Can I have an ECG if I’m pregnant?

The ECG is a very safe test and there are no issues with ECGs and pregnancy. The ECG does not involve any radiation or any chemicals into the woman’s body. Numerous women undergo ECG testing because palpitation in pregnancy is very common and I would have no concerns with performing an ECG on a pregnant […]

If I don’t do much sport will I still be able to get tested?

At CRY, we offer all young, apparently healthy individuals the opportunity to be screened. The screening programme is not just biased to people who play sport. I believe that most young people do exert themselves to some extent or not, I don’t know of many young people who will not run up and down stairs […]

My child is not 14. Can he / she be screened?

Screening for under 14’s is possible but there are some issues with screening people who are under 14. The first is that below the age of 14, many people are still about to start puberty – they’re prepubertal, and prepubertal individuals usually have immature hearts which may mimic conditions like arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and […]

Why doesn’t CRY screen people over 35?

If an individual is aged over 35 and wishes to be screened for conditions causing sudden cardiac death then I’m afraid that Cardiac Risk in the Young don’t extend the screening programme beyond 35, we only screen people aged from 14 to 35. I’ve already answered why we screen people from 14 onwards, the big […]

I’m over 35. Can I be screened?

At the CRY screening programme, the upper age limit for screening is 35 years of age and there’s an excellent reason for this. If one examines the epidemiological data on sudden cardiac death, then most deaths in people aged 35 or under are due to hereditary conditions affecting heart muscle and the electrical system of […]