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Have you got a time bomb in your school?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by SarahGingold, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Oliver King attended King David Primary school and started at King David High School in September 2010. He was a keen sportsman who excelled in football, swimming, athletics and many other sports. Oliver passed away suddenly in March 2011, aged 12, from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
    This condition usually affects people between the ages of 12 and 35. The Government recognises that 12 young people each week die from SADS but it is believed that the true figure is around 16-19 people each week and could be higher as the condition is often misdiagnosed.

    Oliver's parents have set up the Oliver King Foundation to help raise awareness of the condition as it can be controlled and monitored if detected. The money raised by the Foundation will be used to raise awareness in communities. Raising awareness is of vital importance as young people with the condition do not usually show symptoms.
    Some of the money will be used to buy defibrillators to be placed in schools, local sports centres, etc. and to assist in providing staff with the relevant training. The money will also be used to have peoples‘ hearts screened to check that they are
    healthy. The cost of an initial ECG is £35 per person. The Foundation will help people to pay this cost. There is a mobile unit which the Foundation will be bringing to Liverpool to have young people tested.

  2. flossy-fluffy

    flossy-fluffy New commenter

    Thanks for raising awareness...this was a terrible tragedy and must have been so heartbreaking for his family.

  3. You're right flossy-fluffy. I've signed the e-petition. I hope you have too!
    As teachers we need to get behind this
  4. Why are they doing an ECG -you need an Echo to look for this - one of the featres is a normal ECG.

    It sounds a brilliant idea but really all young athletes should have an echo.
  5. This is taken directly from CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) screening booklet
    The basic test is an electrocardiogram (ECG) which is a simple, noninvasive
    and painless test that examines the electrical activity within your
    heart. The ECG involves lying down quietly and it takes 5-10 minutes only.
    Small stickers are placed at strategic points on your chest, arms and legs.
    Flexible leads (known as electrodes) that extend from the ECG machine
    are then attached to these stickers. The electrical rhythm of your heart is
    recorded and printed out. This part of the process only takes 2-3 minutes
    to perform.
    After the ECG has taken place it is reviewed by a doctor who is an expert
    in these conditions. The doctor reviews each individual in conjunction
    with the personal and family history questionnaire.

    About 5% - 10% of individuals will require an additional test following the ECG, which is usually an echocardiogram (ECHO). An ECHO is very similar to the ultrasound scan that is used for a pregnant woman to check the health of her baby.
    In cardiac screening, an ECHO will measure dimensions of the heart and the flow of blood in and out of the heart.
    About 5% - 10% of individuals will require an ECHO on the day, but only 2% of individuals are usually referred for further tests.
    There are a number of reasons why an ECHO is felt to be of benefit. The ECG readings MAY indicate an athlete’s heart
    (where the heart muscle is naturally enlarged due to lots of physical activity) or it may suggest a heart muscle problem
    (cardiomyopathy). In order to rule out a cardiac abnormality, a further testing may be required.

    If you would like further information you can visit the CRY website. Hope this helps to answer your question
  6. Still disagree - a tall lanky teenager will produce an ECG that looks like an enlarged heart (Athlete's heart or cardiomyopathy). As you say an ECG shows the electrictal activity, not the muscle which is what an echo measures along with blood flow.And these days cancreate a 3D image.

    Giving someone the all clear after an ECG is wrong, if you are going to screen (and it is well overtime every teenager doing sports was screeened) what is the point in doing it with a test that won't show the problem? Go straight to Echo, that is the test you need.

    Sorry that copy and paste doesn't eplain why they are not using echo. BTW in a previous life Icarried out 1000's or ECGs, echos, stress tests etc.

    If you want an ECG your GP can do it, or you can usually be sent to a same day clinic at your local hospital.

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