Twelve young and healthy appearing people younger than 35 years old die every week from an undiagnosed heart condition!
80% of these cases DO NOT show any prior signs or symptoms which would indicate a cardiac defect. This can be reduced!
How? By encouraging Cardiac Screening for young people!
Proactive Cardiac Screening is the only way to lower and in some cases even prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest from happening.
Cardiac Screening is a non-invasive (doesn’t involve penetrating the skin) medical procedure used to detect any underlying heart conditions. An early detection of a heart condition allows for an early treatment which significantly increases chances of reducing or completely eradicating the risk of a tragic episode, such as Sudden Cardiac Arrest, from happening.
There are a few different types of Cardiac Screening, but for the purpose of this #HeartSmart article, we will discuss the most common methods. You can find information on these and many more Cardiac Screening methods here.
- ECG – Electrocardiogram
A basic and quick test which allows the cardiologist to read the electric activity of the heart. Electric leads are taped to the legs, arms, and chest. The whole procedure takes 2-3 minutes.
- Signal Averaged ECG
The procedure is the same as basic ECG, but the readings are taken from at least 250 heartbeats. This allows detecting very subtle variants in the heartbeat.
- ECHO – Echocardiogram
A procedure used for clarification of a problem, after ECG showed certain irregularities in the heartbeat. Ultrasound waves are used to produce a complete picture of the heart.
- Exercise ECG
An ECG test, which is performed before, during and after exercise. This test is useful when trying to determine changes in the cardiac behavior during exercise.
- Cardiopulmonary exercise test (Cardio = Heart; Pulmonary = Lungs)
This test analyses the efficiency of the heart by measuring the amount of oxygen that the body uses during exercise. A detected low effectiveness of the heart may suggest a Cardiomyopathy (inefficient pumping of the heart)
This is a digital recording device which is attached to the chest and worn for 24-48 hours to monitor the electrical activity over that period. This test can analyze the electrical activity in a variety of situations and can easily spot any mistakes in heart rhythms.
Annually there are thousands of people in the UK affected by heart-related issues which may be inherited, as they are often of a genetic origin. Because of this, family relative who suffered from cardiac problems it is crucial that you attend Cardiac Screening as soon as possible.
Good news is that in the UK are all family members of a Young Sudden Cardiac Death sufferer entitled to a Cardiac Screening on the NHS!
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