St George's, University of London

Reducing cardiac deaths among young people

On average, 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 a national screening programme, which is aimed at identifying electrical and structural defects that can lead to sudden death.

For the past 20 years, working with the charitable organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), Professor Sanjay Sharma has led the largest cardiac screening programme in the UK for individuals aged between 14 and 35.

The charity screens around 30,000 individuals each year with a health questionnaire and electrocardiogram while St George’s then collates and interprets the data.

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