To ALL members of BEHC aged 14 to 35 yrs old.
I am writing to you on behalf of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in order to let you know about a FREE cardiac screening programme for people aged 14–35 year olds, which will be held at College Meadow, Marvels Lane, Eltham, London, SE12 9PH on 15th June 2019. This is in memory of Ben Daniels. www.bendanielsmemorialfund.com
Details of how to book a slot at the screening clinic are contained in the attached letter from CRY and below. Please read it carefully.
CRY screens amongst others many of the premier league football clubs, ECB county teams, England Cricket, Football, Hockey and Rugby teams and Team GB Olympic athletes.
Please note that screening appointments are on a first come first served basis and MUST be BOOKED online.. If you book a slot please do turn up or you will be denying someone else the opportunity to be screened. Screening is open to all families and friends of BEHC members.
The screening is free but if you want to make a donation to Ben’s Memorial Fund to cover the cost of future screening for other young people you can do so at www.justgiving.com/bendaniels
CRY’s mission is to identify those that are at risk from sudden cardiac death. Sudden death syndrome is an umbrella term for the many different causes of young sudden cardiac death. These conditions include thickening of the heart muscle or an abnormal structure of the heart, and irregularities of the impulses that control the rhythm of the heart. Youngsters involved in sport, in particular, stress their heart the most and if they have an underlying cardiac abnormality, they are more likely to be at risk. It is important to emphasise that exercise is NOT harmful and sport itself does not cause cardiac arrest, but can exacerbate an undetected condition.
At a screening, you/your son/daughter will receive an electrocardiogram (ECG) that examines the electrical activity of the heart, and if required, an echocardiogram, as well as a physical examination. The ECG is a simple, non-invasive and painless test that will only take a few minutes to complete and is performed by qualified cardiac physiologists.
The ECG results will be examined by a doctor in conjunction with a personal and family history questionnaire, and if a more detailed picture is needed some individuals will be required to undertake a follow-up echocardiogram. This is an ultrasound scan of the heart that looks at its size, structure and blood flow and takes about 30 minutes to perform. All results suggesting an abnormality will then be passed to CRY Consultant Cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma, a leading expert on inherited cardiac conditions.
If you would like to have your son/daughter screened, you should complete the following:
1. Visit www.testmyheart.org.uk/private/
2. Find Old Elthamians Sports Club listed for the 15th June 2019. Click Register.
3. The password for this screening is BDMF .
4. Select a time slot and click ‘register now’. (You can book up to 3 appointments at one time.)
5. Fill in the required details on the health questionnaire – this will take approximately 15 minutes.
6. Once the appointment is booked, you will receive a confirmation email; this will include a consent form. Please download the document, read carefully before completing and take it with you on the day
If you would like any additional information about cardiac screening please visit www.c-r-y.org.uk/cardiac-screening
Alternatively, please contact a member of the CRY screening team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3691 0000.
Dr Steven Cox
Cardiac Risk in the Young