Important points to consider
Please read the following points carefully as they will help you make an informed decision before deciding whether or not to undergo cardiac screening.
It is important to take consideration of the benefits of screening but also be aware of potential disadvantages and to decide what is important to you.
- Approximately 1 in 300 young people may have a potentially fatal heart condition.
- The screening tests we use (ECG and Echo) seek to detect a number of cardiac abnormalities most likely to affect young people.
- The purpose of heart screening is to detect heart abnormalities early enabling treatment and intervention in people whose heart disorders would have otherwise gone undetected.
- In this way cardiac screening may decrease your risk of suffering a sudden cardiac death.
- This is why the European Society of Cardiology and International Olympic Committee guidelines recommend screening before participating in competitive sport.
- After initial screening you may be recommended to undergo further testing.
- In the event that a cardiac abnormality is diagnosed you must be aware that this may affect certain mortgage applications and particular types of life insurance. In addition you should be aware that there are some cardiac conditions that can disqualify you from certain activities and careers.
- A normal ECG and Echo do not provide a 100% guarantee of your health. Individuals who develop symptoms that cause concern should seek medical advice from their general practitioner.
- After reading this you may decide not to have your heart screened. What is most important is that you obtain all the information you require to make an informed decision.