Will I be able to talk to a cardiologist on the day?

We aspire to speak to all young individuals having cardiac screening because there’s a lot of anxiety associated with screenings. Unfortunately, some of these screening programmes are very large, involving 200 people on any given day and it’s very difficult to have a detailed discussion with a cardiologist if there are 200 people wanting the […]

Once I have been screened will I need to be screened again?

Screening with an ECG is aimed at identifying people with cardiomyopathies or electrical disorders of the heart. In answer to the question, electrical abnormalities can be excluded with a one-off ECG, provided the patient has no symptoms. However, the situation is quite different with the cardiomyopathies. Let me give you the example of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. […]

My daughter only wants to see a female technician. Can this be arranged?

At Cardiac Risk in the Young, we have many technicians, of which I’d say 60 or 70% are female. There are no issues at all with a female wanting to be screened by another female technician and that would be fully possible at any of our screening programmes. We also ensure that there’s always a […]

How many people need heart scans?

In the CRY screening programme, following a health questionnaire and an ECG, between four and five percent of individuals require a heart scan. We subject those individuals to heart scans, in whom we believe there may be evidence of a cardiomyopathy, a valve disorder or a hole in the heart. In general, we only identify […]

Do I need to bring anything with me for the test?

There is no need to bring anything with you, apart from yourself. This screening programme involves filling out a health questionnaire so it’s important to bring details about your General Practitioner, any relevant medical conditions that you may have. Any medications that you may be taking, you need to be aware of what they are […]

What are the chances of having something wrong?

There are several things that can cause cardiac problems in young people. These can range from very serious conditions such as long QT syndrome or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or minor conditions such as mitral valve prolapse. By that I mean a floppy mitral valve or a small atrial septal defect, by that I mean a very […]

Do these tests identify all people at risk?

The current screening programme, which involves an ECG and a health questionnaire, will not identify all conditions that cause sudden cardiac death. There are conditions such as anomalous coronary arteries and premature coronary artery disease that will be missed by our screening programme. Having said that, conditions like the cardiomyopathies and the ion channel disorders […]

Who will be reading my test?

At the CRY screening programme, all ECGs are read by a cardiac research fellow. ECGs deemed remotely abnormal are read by me. So, everybody with a remotely abnormal ECG has the ECG read by a junior cardiologist and a very senior cardiologist and based upon this, we make decisions regarding further investigations.

What test will I have and how long will it take? What will they be looking for?

Screening for cardiac diseases can be a complex situation but we are trying to adopt a cost effective screening programme and this screening programme comprises of a health questionnaire which enquires specifically about the cardinal symptoms of cardiac diseases such as chest pain, breathlessness, dizziness, palpitations or black outs and also importantly enquires about family […]

Why get tested? I am told there is nothing you can do for me if I am identified.

The antagonist could argue that screening for cardiovascular disease is a waste of time because once a disorder is identified, nothing can be done to prevent sudden death. I need to wipe these types of statements out, completely abolish them because there’s a lot that can be done otherwise there’d be no point screening. We […]