St George's, University of London

Reducing cardiac deaths among young people

Roughly 12 people under the age of 35 die unexpectedly each week due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

Scientists at St George's University of London are at the forefront of national screening programme aimed at identifying electrical and structural defects that can lead to sudden death.  

Working with the charitable organisation, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) for the past 20 years, Professor Sharma leads the largest cardiac screening programme in the UK for individuals aged 14-35 years old.  

The charity screens over 30,000 individuals each year with a health questionnaire and electrocardiogram and St George’s collates and interprets the data to provide important information on the prevalence of cardiac disease in the young, the number that receive therapy after diagnosis and the potential costs of such an exercise.   


Dave and June Boulton  are representatives of CRY and have fundraised through CRY to support life-saving research into cardiac screening after they lost their son. Here, they visit St George's university to see this research and meet Professor Sharma


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