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Tackling heart disease in young people…

Published: October 21, 2016

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Every day in the UK 435 people die of heart disease, but now work is being in done at Cornwall College Camborne to try and reduce the risk to young people.  On the 8th and 9th of November the campus will be hosting a cardiac screening event for anyone aged between 14 and 35.

Slyvia Pezzack, who’s daughter Debbie died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in 2007, has raised the £7,000 to enable the mobile heart screening through Coffee Mornings, Charity Rows, generous donations and match funding from Barclays Bank.

Debbie was an active person and had held the title of Cornish Rowing Champion in Ladies Pair Paddles racing for over 13 years. She was seemingly fit and healthy and showed no signs before she suddenly collapsed.

Sylvia explains: “I chose Cornwall College Camborne as I wanted to enable people in the Camborne/Redruth area an opportunity to get screened free of charge and we particularly want to encourage the age group (16-20 years old).”

CRY statistics suggest that every week in the UK 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions, because of this experts suggest that all young people should be screened for potential heart defects, which can easily be managed once they are found.

Sylvia continued: “The cardiac screening is offered to 14-35 year olds and you should look to be tested if you feel unwell, particularly when exercising. It’s difficult to detect any cardiac issues after your heart stops beating, but such a simple and painless test can save your life”

Cardiac Risk in the Young has come into the spotlight recently with high profile deaths of international footballers Tim Nicot and Gregory Mertens and Welsh international rugby player, Danny Jones, who all died from previously undiagnosed heart conditions.

To book a place at the Cry event please go to www.testmyheart.org.uk or call CRY on 0203 691 0000

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