Hundreds die each year from an undiagnosed heart condition – that’s hundreds too many. A simple ECG (electrocardiogram) will identify most cardiac abnormalities so that conditions can be managed.
Welsh Hearts are pleased to be funding such a vital and life saving initiative. It is our mission to help protect and promote the heart health of young people here in Wales. Many people still associate heart disease and heart attacks with older people, however this is sadly not the case. But with screening we can make a massive difference and we will save lives.
“This is a great initiative from Welsh Hearts that will hopefully prevent lives being lost from undiagnosed heart conditions.
“I’ve worked closely with Welsh Hearts for a number of years and they do a fantastic job in raising the awareness of heart conditions as well as screening across Wales.”
Each session costs £6000 to hold – that’s £50 per person to have their heart screened. We cannot hold these heart screening sessions without generous donations of money to help support our work. Can you donate today to help us save lives in Wales.
There is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. This is by having an ECG (electrocardiogram) test.
An ECG 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 they lie still.
A printout of the heart’s electrical activity is obtained for evaluation by the cardiologist. From the information provided, measurements are taken which give a guide to muscle thickness and size of the chambers of the heart.
The heart screening sessions involve a short 5-10 minute test which is quick and painless and able to detect any heart abnormalities. The doctors carrying out the tests will then review the results and let you know if you need a further test.
Welsh Hearts has a screening team of medically qualified personnel, who can visit sports clubs, schools and other community venues on request, to screen people from 18 years old and up to 65.
Heart screening sessions cost £6,000 to screen 120 hearts. That’s a full day for ECG tests with an echocardiogram if required. They are hosted in a suitable venue, currently on Saturdays only, with a view to do Sundays too.
Perhaps your community can fundraise the amount required, or have the event sponsored by a local company. If you wish to organise a screening event, you’ll work in conjunction with Welsh Hearts’ Screening Programme Manager to book a venue, promote the event and make sure that all required paperwork is completed by potential clients.
An ECG machine costs from £5,000 and a portable echocardiogram machine costs between £21,000 and £25,000.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on sponsoring a heart screening session.