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cardiac arrest

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Cardiac Arrest: Hidden Killer Of The Young

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the biggest killers of young people but experts say it is difficult to detect - even after death.

The number of young people who die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest is higher than official figures suggest, experts have told Sky News.

Latest figures estimate 12 people under the age of 35 die every week in the UK from an undiagnosed heart condition.

However, leading cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma thinks the real figures are around 25% higher.

Currently screening for heart conditions isn't offered on the NHS although tests can be offered to young people who have symptoms or a family history of cardiac problems. Private screening can cost in excess of £100.

CRY offers its own screening programme across the UK and demand is increasing with 15-16,000 people now being tested each year.

The charity says on average one in 300 of the young people it screens is identified with a potentially life-threatening condition.
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