Young athletes’ heart screening

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SHEFFIELD MP Meg Munn is backing national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young in its calls for young athletes to be screened for heart problems.

Mrs Munn was among politicians who attended a campaign event at the House of Commons.

Professor Sanjay Sharma, CRY’s Consultant Cardiologist and cardiologist for the 2012 Olympics, addressed MPs and families by young sudden cardiac death.

He 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.”