Free heart checks for young people

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SIMPLE and quick tests to save the lives of young people will be available in Bognor Regis for the first time.

The ECG screening clinics are being staged in memory of two local men.

Fund raising in honour of Luke Meekings and David Green – who both died from sudden adult death syndrome – has brought in £20,000-plus to enable up to 200 free screenings to be carried out over a weekend.

They are being held by the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity on February 15 and 16. The first day will be staged at Felpham Community College and the second at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Glamis Street.

They are open to any young person aged between 14 and 35.

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Dr Steven Cox, CRY’s director of screening, said: “The death of a young person is heartbreaking and devastating for any family.

“It is, therefore, essential that anyone with a potentially fatal heart conditions knows about it.

“Without this knowledge and, if necessary, appropriate treatment, they could be putting their lives at risk if they continue to participate in sport or take particular medication, for example.

“In 80 per cent of cases, there are no signs or symptoms, which is why cardiac screening is so important.”

David and Luke died suddenly from undiagnosed, hereditary heart conditions. Both played for Middleton and Bognor Hockey Club. Luke died on June 24, 2008, aged 24. David played in a memorial match for him.

David died on December 1, 2010, aged 19. Both families have been involved in raising funds for the screenings.