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Blues urge young supporters to register for ECG test

9th January 2013

CRY(Cardiac Risk in the Young) regularly holds screening sessions for young people aged 14-35 at various locations (e.g. schools, sports clubs or public venues) across the UK

CRY currently screens around 10,000 young people every year and the next screening is due to take place on Saturday 2nd February and Sunday 3rd February at Student Health Centre, 47 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff CF10 3AT
CRY has found that 1 in 300 young people tested carry a potentially fatal heart condition. CRY ECG tests save lives. At least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people, aged 35 and under, die each week in the UK from these undiagnosed heart conditions that are usually inherited.

What is an ECG test?
An Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test, which looks at the electrical conduction pathways around the heart. Small stickers known as electrodes are placed on the client's chest and the wires from the electrodes connected to an ECG machine whilst you lie still.
A printout of the heart's electrical activity is obtained for evaluation by the cardiologist. This test is painless, non-invasive and takes just a few minutes to perform.
Speaking of the screening, Cardiff Blues player and Cardiff University Medical Student Jamie Roberts said,
“I would encourage everyone who is aged between 14 and 35 and especially those who take part in sport to register for an ECG test.
“The tests are quick and painless and could potentially save your life.
“It is a worrying statistic that twelve young people die each week in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions and the ECG test can help identify if there is a problem.”

To book your free heart screening please visit

To watch Jamie Roberts talk about CRY and their screening programme please visit