Screening Process with CRY
Click here to read screening information on the CRY website.
Patients book in advance through the TestMyHeart website and will receive regular reminders about the event and their pre-booked time. On arrival you are checked-in and asked to take a seat until a qualified ECG nurse is available.
Your height and weight will be checked and then each patient has an Electrocardiogram (ECG), 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 connect 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 and non-invasive. It takes only a few minutes to perform. This is handed to the Doctor in attendance (usually a CRY Research Fellow) who reviews and discusses every ECG at the screening.
If necessary, an Echocardiogram (Echo) is an ultrasound test (such as offered to pregnant women) which looks at the structure of the heart. From the information provided on screen, measurements are taken which give a guide to muscle thickness and size of the chambers of the heart.
Again, this test is non-invasive and painless; and it takes approximately 20 minutes to perform.
The tests are performed with the client lying down on a couch or bed. The Doctor will then review this additional information and discuss any further consultations that are required.
Of the 1,220 young people screened to date, 44 had an additional ultrasound of the heart at the screening and 36 have been referred to their GP for further consultation.
100 people can be screened at a cost of £5,000 (previously £3,500).
The aim of Jamie’s Fund is to screen around 2,000 young people.