Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:32


NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has called for a Welsh Government Statement on cardiac screening in young people.


Mr Isherwood’s call comes a week after he spoke ata CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Assembly event to highlight tragic heart conditions affecting the young.

Speaking in this week’s Business Statement, Mr Isherwood, said: “The Minister may be aware that, last week, Cardiac Risk in the Young, or CRY, held an event in the Assembly at which I had the privilege of speaking. We heard that at least 12 fit and healthy young people aged between 14 and 35 die every week across the UK from previously undiagnosed heart defects, and 80 per cent of them will have had no prior symptoms. I was able to welcome bereaved families from across Wales who have been affected by this, and referred to the recent sudden collapse of Bolton Wanderers’ midfielder Fabrice Muamba, highlighting the need to screen young people against sudden cardiac death.




“Will the Welsh Government therefore give consideration to this, noting that sport does not cause the problem, but it can exacerbate an existing, undiagnosed condition, and the high-risk group is the young?”

This Minister replied: “I know that the Minister for Health and Social Services is aware of the implications and the opportunities to address this issue.”

Mr Isherwood added: “At last week’s event, CRY called on the Welsh Government to review its policies on target screening for young people. Let us hope that they now respond favourably.”



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