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Cardiac screening at The Den

27 January 2014

Free places available on Saturday

In June 2010 Lions fan Adam Pearmine died suddenly of a condition known as Dilated Cardiomyopathy. He was 26 years old, seemingly in perfect health and had no history of illness, not least of any heart problem. 

When Adam died his family were put in touch with a Charity called CRY, which stands for Cardiac Risk In The Young. Its purposes are to raise awareness of the condition, to research and to facilitate specialist screening of youngsters (14 - 34) to identify any problems at an early stage.  

CRY say that 'every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions'. Although thankfully his condition was not fatal you will remember recently that former Millwall youth product Tobi Alabi, had to give up playing at the age of 20.*

The Memorial Fund in Adam's name and has now raised sufficient funds to pay for a screening event for about 80 young people that will take place in the Lions Centre before the Reading match on Saturday 1st February.

There are some places available for young Lions fans (aged 14-34) to be screened, free of charge, on Saturday. Dr Steven Cox, Director of Screening, Cardiac Risk in the Young, explains about the procedure and how you can register to be screened.

"CRY’s mission is to identify those that are at risk from sudden cardiac death. Sudden Death Syndrome is an umbrella term used for the many different types of cardiac arrest in young people. These conditions include the thickening or abnormal structure of the heart and irregularities of the impulses that upset the natural rhythm of the heart. Sporty youngsters stress their heart the most. If they have an underlying cardiac abnormality, they are more likely to be at risk. It is important to stress that exercise is NOT bad for you and sport itself does not lead to cardiac arrest, but it can act as a trigger for a young person to die suddenly by exacerbating an undetected condition.

At a screening, you or your son / daughter will receive an Electrocardiogram (ECG) that examines the electrical activity of the heart and as required echocardiogram (ECHO) and physical examination.  It is a non-invasive procedure that will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is performed by qualified cardiac physiologists.

The ECG results will be examined and some individuals will be required to undertake a follow-up echocardiogram (ECHO). This is an ultrasound scan of the heart that looks at its size, structure and blood flow. All results suggesting an abnormality will then be sent to CRY’s consultant cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma, a leading expert on inherited cardiac conditions.

If you or your son / daughter would like to be tested you MUST complete the following:

1. Go to the following web address: www.appointment.com/cry
2. Select ‘Millwall CS *PRIVATE* from near the bottom of the scroll down menu
3. Select the month (February) and day (Saturday 1st), then select an available time slot and click on the link 
4. Please complete all relevant fields and then click “book”
5. You will receive a pending email, this means the appointment is booked. Nearer the time we check all the details including date of birth and then send a confirmation email. This will have a medical questionnaire and consent form at the bottom of the email, please print off, fill in and take with you on the day. 

Please note this screening is being funded by the Adam Pearmine Memorial Fund and is therefore free of charge.

If you would like any additional information on screening you can watch a video of CRY Patron David Walliams being tested here. Alternatively, please go to www.c-r-y.org.uk or contact a member of the CRY screening team on 01737 363 222.

*Watch Tobi's recent Youtube video here:


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