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Young athletes’ heart screening

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Meg Munn MP recently joined the national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at a high profile parliamentary event as it raised the debate about the importance of screening young athletes at  ‘grass roots’ level.

 

Meg attended the event, along with a number of young ‘Olympic hopefuls’ who were keen to highlight the importance of promising young athletes being offered specialist cardiac screening at the outset of their training careers. Professor Sanjay Sharma, CRY’s Consultant Cardiologist and cardiologist for the 2012 Olympics, addressed MPs and families by young sudden cardiac death.

 

Professor Sharma said:

 

“Cardiac screening for these conditions is a very specialist area of medicine and screening of athletes is right at the cutting edge of this challenge. A ‘false negative’ could instantly mean the end of a professional sportsman’s career or leave them permanently side-lined. But missing or ignoring a key warning sign could have fatal consequences. It is vital our leading sportspeople are seen and assessed by specially trained experts early in their careers.”

 

Meg commented:

 

 “It is important to raise awareness about cardiac risk amongst young people, particularly since the Olympic Games are fast approaching. Parliamentarians should work together with CRY and sporting bodies to promote the specialist cardiac screening for our young sports men and women”

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Lawrence Okoye an elite GB athlete

Meg with Lawrence Okoye an elite GB athlete


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