Goodison Park was the venue for Everton in the Community’s recent life-saving heart screening event. Funding provided from Medicash enabled the Club’s official charity to work in partnership with the Vital Signs Foundation (VSF) to deliver sudden cardiac arrest screening to up to 100 young people aged 15-35 on Saturday 12 November.
Every week in the UK, 12 apparently young and healthy young people die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. However, attending a heart screening event to undertake a simple, non-invasive ten-minute test can identify a young person who might be at risk.
VSF reported that a total of 75 young people were screened on the day with a 25-year-old female identified with a life-threatening heart defect who has been referred to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Furthermore, three abnormal echocardiograms, three additional heart abnormalities and nine cases of high blood pressure were all identified. Those in attendance were also offered defibrillator and CPR training by trained paramedics.
Michael Salla, Director of Health and Sport at Everton in the Community said: “It was a very successful event with one significant heart defect being identified along with 15 other cardiac concerns being detected. Furthermore, for the young people provided with an all clear diagnosis it provides real peace of mind.”
Medicash launched its CardiACT scheme in July 2015 with the Liverpool BID Company and North West Ambulance Service. The initial aim was to install defibrillators across the city centre, ensuring that individuals were never more than two minutes away from one of these life-saving devices.
Having achieved this aim, the CardiACT scheme is being extended and Medicash are encouraging local businesses to come forward to purchase a defibrillator for their business or to team up with their neighbouring businesses to buy one on a shared basis. Through the scheme, businesses or community groups can purchase a heavily discounted defibrillator. Free training and support worth up to £500 is also included.
For more information on the CardiACT scheme email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Vital Signs Foundation visit www.vsf.org.uk.